When you workout, your body needs energy (and motivation!) to get started. Before your workout, stock up on healthy fats with a moderate amount of carbs and protein.
If you're wondering how exactly to get that perfect mix of nutrients before your workout, have no fear! We found five foods that are perfect to eat before you get your sweat on, AND we created a pre-workout green smoothie with you in mind.
We love bananas as a pre-workout food for so many reasons! Bananas are packed with tryptophan, which your body converts to serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical the body creates that sends us happy vibes. Throw in the fact that bananas are loaded with carbohydrates that help energize your body, and you can see why we put bananas at the top of our list.
Oats make this list for one simple fact: they take a long time to digest. This means that they provide long-lasting energy during your workout! Oats also help maintain stable blood sugar during your workout, which is always a good thing. You can add dry oats, soaked oats or even cooked oats to your smoothie. We usually recommend adding 2 tbs dry oats, or 1/4 cup cooked oats to any green smoothie recipe.
Apples contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin's main role in the body is to deliver more oxygen to the lungs. When you get more oxygen to your lungs during a workout, you have more endurance. This makes it so much easier to get through that hour-long spin class!
If you're exercising for weight loss, then coconut oil will be an important ingredient for you. The fatty acids in this superfood fight body fat by converting into energy that boosts your metabolism (as opposed to saturated fats that add body fat). Add coconut oil to your green smoothie before you workout to help you maintain energy throughout your entire routine, while also fighting that body fat like crazy. We add 2 tbs to our smoothies.
Nut butters are quick and easy… just grab a spoonful and you're on your way. But the best reason to eat nut butter before a workout is because it's loaded with healthy fats and fiber, which keep you feeling full and energetic throughout your entire workout. There are many kinds of nut butters to choose from, but our favorite is almond butter. We add 2 tbs to our smoothies all the time— yum!
By now, I'm sure you're thinking that it would be a great idea to just combine some of these pre-workout foods into one fantastic smoothie… and you're in luck, because that's exactly what we have in mind! Check out our favorite pre-workout green smoothie!