THE FITNESS 5
It’s no surprise that what you eat – both before and after a workout – can help you achieve your fitness goals. In fact, properly fueling your body translates to more energy, speedier muscle recovery, and better overall performance. Here, fitness and nutrition coach Alex Wright gives us the 411 on her favorite pre- and post-workout snacks.
Banana and SunButter with Pepitas
“This is the perfect snack to fuel up before exercising! Having a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats will give you the sustainable energy you need to crush your workout.”
Fruit and Veggie Smoothie
“Smoothies are such a great way to sneak in your daily veggies. My personal favorite smoothie is a combination of spinach, avocado, frozen cherries, blueberries, and nut butter or non-dairy yogurt. Blend together for the perfect way to refuel post-workout.”
Sliced Deli Turkey and Bubbies Pickles
“There’s no better combination than this one! Not only is this snack packed with protein and probiotics, it’s also easy to pack and eat when you’re working out on the go. Gut health is so important for achieving your fitness goals, and probiotic pickles are a delicious way to keep your tummy on track.”
Guilt-Free Trail Mix
“Does that sugar craving have you locked in the battle of, ‘Should I or shouldn’t I?’ With this guilt-free trail mix, the battle is over! Start with pepitas, which are full of protein and healthy fats, and combine them with some non-dairy chocolate chips. It’s the treat you deserve after a good sweat session.”
Avocado, Avocado, Avocado
“There are so many ways to enjoy avocado. A few of my favorites are: mashed with your favorite seasoning, paired with fresh veggies or pretzel thins, or sliced on top of whole grain or sweet potato toast for an awesome pre-workout snack.
“I have always been active through sports and competitive dance, but my love for health and fitness really took off about six years ago,” Alex says. “As a fitness and nutrition coach and as a hairstylist, I love helping people feel their best – inside and out!”