Best Pre-Workout Foods


Many of us go to gym empty stomach. If you are exercising on an empty stomach, you might not have enough energy to workout. We need to have pre-workout meal 30-45 minutes before workout.

Carbs are digested faster than fat or protein. If you eat too much fat or protein or even a large-carb meal two hours before a workout, it will drive blood flow to the stomach, not the muscles. Carbs are rapidly used up during a workout , generally in the first 25-30 minutes. Then, the body burns fat as the fuel to keep going.

Therefore, having pre-workout snack is extremely important. Let’s find out what you should eat before your workout.

Best Pre-Workout Foods


best pre-workout foods

  • A slice of whole wheat toast. You can use peanut butter.
  • A piece of whole fruit. I find Apple most suitable since I can take it to office 🙂
  • A few whole wheat crackers
  • 1/2 cup of brown rice with a touch of oil
  • 1/2 cup of oatmeal with a few raisins. You can have it with low fat milk.
  • Small glass of 100-percent juice
  • Banana
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Smoothies

If you are working out in the morning, then have –

  • A protein shake
  • 1 cup of raspberries

Do you know a few more Pre-Workout Foods ? Share with us ! I will come up with a list of good Post-workout foods as well !

Take Care 🙂

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  1. hey isn’t peanut butter full of fat…?? plz comment..?? also can we have soya milk before or after workout is it helpful in any way..???

    • Hina, peanut butter has carbs n proteins. The idea of a pre-workout meal is to have light but powerful snack to give you energy during workout.
      I would always prefer buttermilk after workout over soymilk.

  2. Tarun, I excercise in the mornings…normally around 06:15 to 07:00 am….but i am unable to eat fruit on empty stomach..what is the best pre-workout option? Also I leave my house at 07:30 immediately after the workout have bath and a quick bfast…which is normally sprouts? do I still add post work out snacks??

    • Regina,
      Try eating a banana or few nuts will also do before workout. Yes , you need to have quick carbs and protein after you workout. Protein will keep your hunger at bay the entire day.


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