*Our friends at Modernize offered to provide this guest blog post for Active Harmony. We hope you enjoy it!
Some days it’s hard enough to find time to fit in a good strenuous workout, let alone have enough time to prepare nutritious snacks. This is why many of us fall back on prepackaged energy bars or gels that can sneak in ingredients like sugar or corn syrup that we would have avoided otherwise. We at Modernize have found that easy-to-make, nutritious pre-workout snacks don’t have to be so elusive! Here are six of our favorites that will give your muscles the fuel they need for even the toughest of workouts.
Nutritionists across the board will tell you to “eat the rainbow,” meaning you should consume fruits and vegetables from across the color spectrum. Since smoothies are one of the fastest ways to get nutrients into your body, a rainbow smoothie will give you all of the nutrient diversity in the fastest amount of time. Cook Like a Cavewoman has a delicious recipe if you are looking for some inspiration on where to start. Be sure to add in a scoop of protein powder to give your muscles that extra boost!
Fruits and Nuts
Our bodies burn through sugars first and fats last; so by combining fruit and nuts together, you get a snack that kick-starts your workout but doesn’t fade halfway through. Whether it is an apple and peanut butter, walnuts and blueberries, or bananas and almonds, these snacks require no prep time other than opening the container.
Dried Fruit Trail Mix
If you are looking for a snack that is less likely to get bruised in your gym bag, opt for a dried fruit trail mix. It will give you virtually the exact same nutrient profile as fresh fruits and nuts, but in a far more transportable package.
Lemon-Lime Sport Gel
Many athletes now swear by energy gels, but these can get expensive if you are using them every day. Instead, prepare your own lemon lime sport gel that is both raw, vegan, and easy to make.
Steel-Cut Oats with Fruit
Oats are one of the best carbohydrate options out there, especially for runners. My Fitness Pal has an excellent recipe for apple pie steel cut oats that is prepared using your slow cooker. Mix it up the night before, and in the morning, all you have to do is stir, eat, and get to exercising!
Mango Coconut Energy Bites
For a healthy option that satisfies your sweet tooth, try these Mango Coconut Bites. Between the flaxseed, macadamia nuts, mango, and coconut, they are decadent nibbles that will give you a broad range of nutrients, fats, and proteins. Plus, you can freeze any extras to use at a later time.
Workouts are hard enough on their own, but now you have some easy-to-make snacks to keep you properly fueled—and you’ll be able to focus on your fitness goals without worrying about what you’re putting in your body.
What are your favorite easy to make and take snacks? We’d love to hear from you!