For some people, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But for others, it’s all about the pre-workout snack. A healthy protein rich snack before you hit the gym can help fuel your workouts and aid recovery, which means you’ll kill your sweat sessions and be more likely to stick to your program. Here are 5 healthy protein-packed snacks to help boost your workouts.
Power Pump Smoothie:
Simply blend 1 frozen banana, 1 tbsp. whey/pea protein powder, 1 cup coconut milk, ½ cup strawberries and 1 tsp. xylitol in a blender until thick and creamy. This makes for the perfect potassium and protein rich pre-workout snack.
Protein Date Balls:
Blend pitted dates with ½ cup desiccated coconut, ½ scoop pea protein powder, ¼ cup melted coconut oil, and ½ cup crushed almonds. Roll into medium sized balls and refrigerate. These little bites are high in energy and protein for a super workout boost.
Dates and macadamia nuts:
A handful of dates and macadamia nuts before the gym is a great way to get both protein and sugars. Adding fat in the form of nuts to a fruit sugar helps lower the glycemic index of that particular food once ingested, which means sustainable slow-release energy for the entire duration of your workout.
Apples and Nut Butter:
Dip sliced apples in peanut, almond or macadamia nut butter for some extra protein before you train.
Double cream yoghurt and blueberries
Greek yoghurt is a fantastic source of protein. Top a tablespoon or two with blueberries and you’ll have the perfect pre-workout treat.
Cottage cheese & honey:
For a quick and simple pre-workout snack, simple mix cottage cheese with 1 tbsp. almond butter and a drizzle of honey.
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Cara, is a health blogger, fitness enthusiast, nutrition coach, wholefoods producer, and founder of the Caralishious brand. You can find Cara’s online coaching services and meal plan options as well as healthy recipes, nutrition advice, exercise tips and offers simple and sustainable ways to obtain and maintain lasting health on the Caralishious blog.