By Carol Buonnano, Nutrimedy Staff
What you eat, when you eat, and if you eat at all can have an effect before, during and after you exercise. Not eating prior to a workout can leave you feeling hungry, lightheaded and sluggish. This is why its generally recommended you eat a carbohydrate rich snack or meal 1-4 hours before exercising. If you plan on exercising within an hour of
eating, it’s recommended that you keep the meal light and small.
Pre-workout fuel suggestions include:
* A peanut butter and banana sandwich or a PB&J
* Greek yogurt with berries
* Oatmeal with low-fat milk and fruit
* Whole-grain cereals or bread
It’s equally important to consider what to eat after a workout to repair and rebuild your muscles. It’s recommended that you eat within an hour of your workout.
Post-workout fuel suggestions include:
* Low-fat chocolate milk
* Low-fat yogurt with berries
* Recovery smoothie
Try this recipe for a post-workout smoothie from from Fit and Well:
1 cup of almond milk
½ frozen banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
¾ cup frozen mixed berries
2 big ice cubes
*Add a half cup of oats to bulk up the smoothie for a low-cal meal if desired.