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10 Things to eat before a workout




Nutrients fuel your body to help it carry out day-to-day functions. If you have a physically demanding lifestyle that includes exercise, nutrition is particularly important to your health. Eating properly helps ensure that your muscles have enough energy to power through your workout and also prevents low blood sugar after physical activity that can cause dizziness and fatigue. Bananas provide your body with essential nutrients that benefit your health, especially if you play sports.


Oatmeal is a carbohydrate and protein-rich source that provides calories and energy. A 2006 study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found consuming a low glycemic meal, like oatmeal, three hours prior to a run gives you better endurance than a high glycemic meal. Foods like oatmeal tend to cause a slow rise in glycemic levels, which is ideal for increasing fat-burning during exercise.




Yogurt's got power-boosting protein and bone-building calcium. It can also help you lose weight and fend off a cold. Here's the scoop on the benefits of yogurt — and how much you should eat. Whether you opt for greek yogurt, organic or soy you'll starting seeing results instantly.

Fruit Smoothies

Fruits smoothies can be an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. The best way to know the exact ingredients in your smoothie is to make them yourself. All you need is a blender, fruit and a base, such as water, milk or yogurt. Making your own smoothies can help prevent fruit from going to waste, while providing benefits that will keep you on the right track towards good health.


Sprinkle a little paprika and freshly cracked pepper on hard-boiled egg whites and you have a light and healthy protein-rich snack. Of course, you can always dice up your cooked egg whites and toss them in a salad. No matter how you enjoy your hard-boiled egg whites, you'll get the protein you need to curb your appetite, with a minimal number...

Sprouted Legumes

Legumes are generally abundant sources of protein. Around 30% of the calories provided by lentils for example come from its protein content.


Half a peanut butter or turkey/chicken sandwich on whole grain bread

Half a peanut butter or turkey/chicken sandwich on whole grain bread

Perfect pre-workout snack!

Chocolate milk

chocolate milk has the ideal carbohydrate-to-protein ratio, which your muscles require to replenish glycogen levels

Tomato Juice

Tomato juice can be drunk along with lots of other nutritious fruits and vegetables drinks. Try mixing tomato juice with carrot juice or with apple and lemon juice. One can even mix cucumber and pineapple juice and make a smoothie. Raw tomato juice can be drunk in large quantities with no known side effects. However patients suffering from any kind of gall bladder problems should avoid drinking tomato juice.




Cereals are enriched with niacin, iron, riboflavin and thiamine, and most cereals have abundant fiber contents, especially barley, oat, and wheat. Cereals also have soluble bran that aids in lowering blood cholesterol levels and keeping heart diseases at bay.