When people think about boosting their performance during a workout, they typically will think of caffeine-loaded supplements. Sure, pre-workout supplements can play a helpful role in finding that extra push to conquer your workout but there is also the healthier and more effective option of pre-workout meals.
Your body needs real, wholefood-based fuel in order to perform at optimal levels. Supplements are just that: supplementary. They shouldn’t be the only thing you use to fuel your workouts.
Let’s take a look at the top 4 pre-workout meals you can whip up in no time that will help boost performance and your results.
First, it’s important to understand the “why” behind pre-workout meals.
The right pre-workout meals are packed with macronutrients that promote intra-workout performance and post-workout recovery. Macros like protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates will help prepare the body to execute exercises without the worry of fatigue mid-workout.
In other words, from healthy pre-workout meals, you’ll get more energy, better performance, and enhanced recovery.
One of the most effective pre-workout meals is also the easiest to make. Take a blender and combine two scoops of protein powder, one cup of uncooked, instant oatmeal, and one serving of peanut butter. Mix in almond milk (or whole milk if you want the extra calories and protein) and blend for 30 seconds. Drink this an hour before you head to the gym.
A wrap is one of the tastiest ways to get all of your macros for the upcoming workout. Take a whole-wheat tortilla and toss in some cooked chicken, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and a serving of your favorite hummus. Fold the edges and roll the tortilla up to enjoy one to two hours before your workout.
Eggs are hands-down one of the best muscle building foods out there. So consider having breakfast… even if it’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Take 4 to 6 eggs and scramble them in a bowl. Dice up onions, peppers, spinach, or any combination of your favorite veggies. Mix the egg batter with the vegetables then pour into a frying pan. Scramble them or fold one side over to make an omelet an hour or two before you work out.
Just like chicken, turkey is one of the best ways to get pre-workout protein (and it’s tastier too). Whether you choose a turkey leg or turkey breast, consider grilling or baking it. Make a side of diced sweet potatoes and a salad to get in your complex carbs and greens.
What benefits have you noticed from eating a pre-workout meal?
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