Pre-workout foods that will boost your body

We all know that old saying, “You are what you eat,” which speaks volumes to the importance of giving your body the fuel it needs for optimum performance, especially if you’re getting your sweat on first thing in the morning or to blow off some steam after work.

We spoke to some of our experts about the best pre-workout foods to boost your energy and make sure you get the most out of your workout at any time of day. The good news? Smoothies were an all-round winner!

Pre-workout foods to make the most of your sweat sesh

Preworkout foods

Lola Berry says:

“You want complete proteins, as that’s what the muscles need for growth. So think a smoothie with protein powder (which is a great brekkie option) or eggs or meats.”

Preworkout foods

Susie Burrell says:

“You should aim to eat 60-90 minutes before you start working out and need some slowly digested carbs and a source of protein. For intense early morning sessions, just a couple of crackers and cheese or half a glass of milk. If you’re training in the late afternoon a Greek yoghurt, latte, banana and some nuts or a slice of toast with cheese and tomato are all good to eat.”

Preworkout foods

Bannie Williams says:

“I recommend a balanced meal that has a low GI carbohydrate component as well as a high protein component to fuel the body for optimal performance. This could include rolled oats/porridge, eggs, almonds, natural yogurt or avocado on wholegrain toast. Alternatively a pre-work out smoothie with the combination of banana, spinach, avocado, chia seeds, rolled oats and almond milk is a great alternative. Smoothies are also a great pre workout snack as they are quickly digested and nutrient dense.”

Preworkout foods

Lucy Beaumont says:

“When you work out, the body burns fuel from your pre-workout meal and then it breaks down glycogen stored in muscles, therefore you want to support the body giving it the best fuel pre-workout. Generally you want something that is digested quickly and easily and (so you don’t have any stomach discomfort while you train) and is going to give you a hit of energy. Best foods include: bananas (high in potassium), berries (high in antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress during exercise), carrots, a small coffee (moderate caffeine intake can support increased circulation meaning better blood flow to your muscles). Other great easy to digest pre-workout foods include corn thins with avocado/ricotta, wholegrain toast with peanut butter and banana, small natural or greek yogurt with fruit, porridge, apple wedges with almond butter and trail mix. ”

Preworkout foods

Reece Carter says:

“Green tea is an excellent thermogenic and metabolism booster (matcha anyone?) and heating herbs like cayenne and ginger can be used as well, in place of a nasty pre-workout supplement. I prefer to workout early in the morning before breakfast, as training in a fasted state promotes fat breakdown for energy, but if you’re feeling a little weak, a natural energy hit like a banana is the way to go.”
So what’s the verdict?
Protein is what your body wants (and needs!) for optimum function during your workout. A banana, latte, some nuts or some avocado on toast are great foods to fuel your body if you’re exercising in the morning while a slice of toast with cheese or tomato, green tea or greek yoghurt make the perfect afternoon snack if you’re training late afternoon onward.
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Emilie is a tea and travel enthusiast with a love for health and fitness. Emilie loves writing and endeavours to combine this with passion and knowledge of all aspects of wellbeing. An avid gym-goer, Emilie is in her element when she’s sweating it out during a high-intensity workout. As well as this, she loves walking by Australia's beautiful coast-line and has resolved to pracice more Yoga. She loves anything fashion related but feels most comfortable when she’s decked out from head to toe in active wear and has a sneaker collection like no other! Emilie is a self-proclaimed food lover and fuels her body with fresh, nourishing fare.