The Best Foods to Munch Before a Run

January 12, 2015


You’re about to get your fitness on, but you’re hungry! So you decide to grab some fuel before hitting the pavement! However, pre-run food is delicate in the sense that it requires the eater strike the perfect balance between an energy-dense snack and a treat light enough to digest properly! You don’t want to weigh yourself down. So what do you eat in order to have the best run possible?

Here’s a list of the best pre-cardio foods that are excellent sources of nutrition. You should definitely stash these yummy snacks in your bag!

 1. One Medium Banana and One Scoop of Nut butter (Almond, Peanut, etc.)

 This is a wonderful snack because the potassium in the banana helps prevent workout cramps. And if you tend to go on long runs, there’s a good chance you might suffer tense calves and quads once you stop moving.

 The nut butter has lots of protein and slowly releases energy. So the fruit gives you an instant blast of carb fuel and the peanut butter sustains you! (Plus, it’s just generally delicious!)

 2. Half of a Bagel With Jam or Honey

If you’re really hungry, feel free to have the whole bagel. Just remember, more food might be hard to digest before a long workout. The bagel is key because the carbohydrates give you lots of energy. The same goes for the jam or honey… the sugar gives you an instant boost. And unlike cream cheese, jam is unlikely to leave you feeling lethargic mid-workout. (Dairy can be difficult to digest, making your body divert energy from your workout into digestion.)

3. Fresh Superfoods (and Superfruits)

 One of my favorite pre-workout snacks entails grabbing a handful of blueberries and/or strawberries. They’re wonderful antioxidants, provide a lot of energy, and are easily stored in your purse. Blueberries are also a great source of fiber and Vitamin C, helping to keep you trim and healthy! Dried fruit is also a fantastic option and a bit more convenient. (It doesn’t go bad, so you don’t have to consume it as quickly.) Sometimes, I’ll pair the snack with organic granola; the granola adds a satisfying crunchiness that leaves you feeling both energized and satisfied. They’re also great for your skin!

4. A Bowl of Quinoa

 This energy-packed superfood is superb because it has high doses of magnesium, is healthy, and easy to make. Also, it’s easy to make large quantities and then store it for later.  Add in some fresh vegetables (or steamed veggies) for a light, satisfying pre-run snack! (Note: Quinoa-made pasta also makes a delicious snack or meal and can be found in most health food stores).

5. Greek Yogurt with Almond Slivers

This is a staple for many highly active people because it’s packed with protein and healthy fats. Plus, it’s inexpensive! Make your snack even more delicious and nutritious by adding some fresh fruit and/or honey into the mix. The possibilities are endless.

 6. Avocado Toast

Avocados are wonderful because they help your body absorb other important nutrients, and like nuts, they’re a good source of healthy fats. Remember that avocados ripen quickly, so pick a firm one and eat it within a day or two of purchase.

So there you have it…

six sensational snacks that will energize you without weighing you down. Do you have a favorite pre-run snack? Sound off in the comments below!

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