Cheap Clean Eats is baaaaack! It’s been a while. SORRY. Life has been crazy and also you wouldn’t believe it, but food videos are just so much more difficult and timely to film than workout videos! But in normal everyday activities, I’ve still been cooking at home and also experimenting a lot with some pre and post workout snacks, especially in the citrus department! Why? Because it’s naturally hydrating AND the vitamin C content helps support my immune system year round! (Can you believe I did not get sick this past winter when everyone else around me had the flu? CRAZY!)
There’s a lot that goes into staying healthy…exercise, eating well, getting sleep, etc. Citrus is one food that makes me feel good and supports my health, which is why I’m really thrilled that Sunkist reached out to partner with me on these recipes because I legit drink lemon water EVERY SINGLE MORNING. It is how I start life daily!
DO YOU REALLY NEED A PRE OR POST WORKOUT MEAL?
Well, if you are feeling low energy and need a boost before your workout, then you may want to eat a pre workout snack! And if you are feeling super exhausted after a workout and can’t really function or move, you may want to eat a post workout snack to help replenish your energy and rebuild your muscles.
With that said, pre and post workout meals are a great thing! However, they are not necessary for everyone. Because all of our bodies are engineered differently, some people can work out while fasted while others may pass out if they do the same. Be smart and listen to your body. Eat if you feel you need the food to boost the potential of your workout!
PRE- WORKOUT SNACKS:
When choosing a pre workout snack, pick something that has carbohydrates to give you a quick boost of energy. If you’re having a larger meal, try to have it about 2 hrs before your workout so that you have time to digest. But if you’re short on time and are just having a snack, then depending on your body, 30 minutes before could be okay too!
Here are 3 all natural pre-workout snacks that you can eat to give you energy!
#1. Tropical Energy Smoothie
– 1 Sunkist Navel Orange
– 1 Banana
– 1/3 C frozen pineapples
#2. DIY Sports Drink
– 1/2 C water
– 1 C Coconut Water
– 1 Sunkist Lemon
– 1 TBS honey
– 1 pinch salt
or keep it simple and just keep it simple and eat…
#3. A whole fruit!
For example, a banana, an apple, an orange, a grapefruit, a nectarine, some berries. Whatever fruit you like!
When choosing a post workout snack, pick something with a good mix of protein and carbs. The protein will help rebuild your muscles. The carbs will help replenish your energy stores.
#1. Protein shake with a banana
#2. String cheese, almonds, and an orange
#3. Hummus and Veggies
If you want to see it all in action, check out my YouTube video featuring all of the snacks:
Hope this was helpful guys! Let me know if you typically eat before a workout or if you wait til later. I am curious what kinds of POPsters we have out there!
Personally, for me, it depends on the day and what I’ve already eaten if I’m talking about having something before an evening workout. But when it comes to food before a morning workout, I usually don’t eat anything because I’m not hungry when I wake up. But I will gulp down tons of lemon water before I do anything!