Snack ideas for before a workout

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    Apr 01, 2013 2:31 AM GMT
    Hey all, I need some suggestions - what do you like to eat before a workout to give yourself a little energy?

    I'm not a morning person, so I hit the gym after work. Thing is, by 5:30, I'm famished. So I need something simple and easy that I can bring to work and snack on toward the end of the day. Preferably something that doesn't require prep, heating or dirty dishes, since I'm in an office.

    Fresh fruit is an obvious one. Any other suggestions so that I can switch it up each day?

    Oh, and I have a nut allergy, so granola bars/power bars are a bit of a minefield for me.


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    Apr 01, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    An 8 ounce glass of a protein smoothie works well for me.
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    Apr 01, 2013 4:50 AM GMT
    Erik101An 8 ounce glass of a protein smoothie works well for me.


    Good idea - I could probably whip that up in the morning and keep in the fridge.
  • chi_rock

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    Apr 01, 2013 6:11 PM GMT
    My afternoon pre-workout is a banana, small bar of dark chocolate, two oatmeal cookies. Not too hard to swallow (or prepare).
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    Apr 01, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    dc0776 saidHey all, I need some suggestions - what do you like to eat before a workout to give yourself a little energy?

    I'm not a morning person, so I hit the gym after work. Thing is, by 5:30, I'm famished. So I need something simple and easy that I can bring to work and snack on toward the end of the day. Preferably something that doesn't require prep, heating or dirty dishes, since I'm in an office.

    Fresh fruit is an obvious one. Any other suggestions so that I can switch it up each day?

    Oh, and I have a nut allergy, so granola bars/power bars are a bit of a minefield for me.




    You should never be "famished." Ever.
  • MikeW

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    Apr 01, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    Take a very ripe banana (with brown spots, apparently the riper it is, the more the fructose has turned to glucose). Smush it up in a bowl with a spoon till it becomes 'gloppy'. Add in two scoops of vanilla or unflavored protein powder. You can also add in a table spoon of BCAAs and a dollop of peanut or other nut butter if you want. Carefully stir it all together. It makes a 'pudding' that is easily transportable. I eat half about 30 minutes before my workout and the remaining half immediately after.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Apr 01, 2013 11:39 PM GMT
    Smoothie with protein powder and fruits. I like to put in some strawberry low-sugar yogurt, half a banana, 5-6 strawberries, a scoop of powder, and then a cup or so of milk. Lots of fiber, lots of protein, lots of minerals, digests quickly and generally won't sour in your stomach.
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    Apr 02, 2013 1:54 AM GMT
    chuckystudYou should never be "famished." Ever.


    Sorry about that - I tend to use over-dramatic adjectives icon_smile.gif

    I tend to eat my lunch right around noon, so by 5ish I tend to be sapped for energy and queasy.
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    Apr 02, 2013 1:58 AM GMT
    Thanks all for the ideas! The various smoothie suggestions here will give me some things to experiment with. I like that idea - it would be easy to prepare in advance, store at work and wouldn't fill me up.

    Just out of curiosity - what about something like a low-sugar bran muffin? Too much in the way of carbs?
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    Apr 02, 2013 2:03 AM GMT
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    Apr 02, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    dc0776 saidThanks all for the ideas! The various smoothie suggestions here will give me some things to experiment with. I like that idea - it would be easy to prepare in advance, store at work and wouldn't fill me up.

    Just out of curiosity - what about something like a low-sugar bran muffin? Too much in the way of carbs?


    You can try it to see how it works for you. I doubt the carbs will be too much to handle but only you know your own body. I'm not a dietician or an exercise physiologist but I think the bran muffin or even 1/2 of it would help your cravings and get you through your workout.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Apr 02, 2013 8:14 AM GMT
    Have a Clif bar, a banana, some pineapple juice, and a couple of celery stalks, you'll have a good workout and your cum will taste great to the guy you pickup at the gym...

    ...SO I'VE HEARD.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Apr 03, 2013 1:51 AM GMT
    Err, it's never a good idea to consume things with lots of citric acid before working out... at least if you have an irritable stomach like me icon_sad.gif

    It burrrrrnnns.
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    Apr 03, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    Rhi_Bran saidErr, it's never a good idea to consume things with lots of citric acid before working out... at least if you have an irritable stomach like me icon_sad.gif

    It burrrrrnnns.


    Good to know, I get heartburn easily and wouldn't want to have to cut my workout short because of it. Thanks for the tip