Got a workout planned for today? If you have, why not supercharge yourself with our healthy pre-gym snacks? They’ll power you through your exercise session, with some spare energy left over. But, the best thing about them is, they won’t cost the earth.
We all know that there are some really super superfoods out there, but many of them cost a packet. And, if you’re trying to be healthy on a budget, a pouch of spirulina powder might be just beyond your reach, or you might not even know what it is! So how do you create great tasting pre-workout snacks that are healthy and nutritious, but don’t break the bank?
Here are five superfood pre-workout snacks that are packed full of nutrition, but won’t break the bank.
Green smoothie – great for delivering a controlled sugar release, due to the high fibre content, this smoothie is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, which is great for feeding you before a workout. Make sure you use lots of different types of leaves, such as kale, spinach and romaine, all of which are full of vitamins A, C, E and K, minerals and phytochemicals – trust us, they’re good for you! And when you buy these in season, they are kind to your pocket too – you can even buy some of them frozen, so they won’t go to waste, or freeze them yourself.
If you can’t get hold of them all, just buy what you can or whatever’s cheapest. Throw in some fruit to sweeten it up, like an apple and a banana, add a splash of water or fruit juice, whizz it up and you’re good to go. Remember, a smoothie is more like food than a drink, so you won’t need any other snacks.
Avocados – a massive hit in the 70s, avocados are making a comeback and should be your new best friend if you like to workout! They are simply one of the best fruits available, containing vitamins K, B, C, E and potassium. But, that’s not the real benefit of avocados – the real gift they give you is masses of healthy fats to burn as fuel and lower your cholesterol at the same time. They can vary in price quite considerably, so shop around (supermarkets are currently selling them for a reasonable price) and don’t be afraid to take them under-ripe, because they’ll ripen up really quickly if you pop them in the fruit bowl next to a banana or apple. Eat them on their own, on toast, or throw them in your smoothie in place of the banana.
Sunflower seeds – these are so cheap and so good for you, it’d be a crime not to have them in your cupboard ready for when you need a little snack, never mind pre-workout. They’ve been part of the human diet for a very long time, which should tell you something about how good they are for you. They’re loaded with essential fatty acids, selenium, magnesium and copper, as well as being packed full of antioxidants that can help ease joint pain – great after a long run!
Peanut butter – peanuts are another great source of energy and the monounsaturated fats help boost the vital muscle-building testosterone. Plus, they’re pretty cheap to buy, so can be added into your pre-workout snacks on a regular basis. You can eat them unadulterated, straight out of the shells or make or buy peanut butter. Making it is ridiculously easy, you just need a blender and some peanuts. Yep, that’s it! Don’t whizz them for too long though or they’ll start to release too much oil and you’ll get peanut juice rather than butter! Once you’ve made it, combine it with other ingredients, like porridge oats and honey – like in this recipe for Homemade Peanut Protein Sweets – to make a great little energy-filled snack.
Now you’re all set to have the best workout ever. Enjoy!