Fuel Up: Your Pre-Workout Snacks
Post workout snacks are crucial in restoring and invigorating the body after an intense aquacycling cardio session, however, pre-workout snacks are just as important, if not, more. Typically before any workout you should have some type of small bite to fuel your body and give you the proper energy needed to maintain a steady pace through the workout.
If you’re confused about what you should consume, carbs or proteins, prior to exercising, we’re here to help. The general rule of thumb is that a protein packed pre-workout snack is for strength training, and a carb loaded snack is for cardio workouts.
Being that aquacycling is more of an intense cardio workout, rather than strength training, we’re here to give you some delicious carb filled snacks to enjoy before coming to class.
Keep in mind that you’ll want to eat something with simple and complex carbs that the body can metabolize into glucose, aka energy, throughout the workout. Complex carbs assist with endurance and simple carbs give you the extra kick you need when you’re starting to feel lethargic during the workout. You’ll also want to make sure you eat your snack about 30-60 minutes prior to physical activity making sure the body has enough time to digest.
Below are three of our favorite snacks to share with you; they’re high in carbs and fiber, low in fats and sugar.
Egg White Veggie Omelet
Egg yolks are higher in fat and take longer to metabolize making you feel lethargic and bloated during your workout, however, post- workout feel free to indulge in whole eggs for the protein and recovery.
Beat together egg whites, spinach, and onion power in a bowl, then coat your skillet with EVOO cooking spray and set on medium heat. Pour in egg mixture and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Carefully take your spatula and flip over the omelet letting it cook about another minute or so. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and cherry tomatoes on top and fold over the omelet leaving it on the stove, low heat, just for the cheese to melt.
Carefully remove the omelet, plate it, and enjoy!
Total time: 7 minutes
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Oatmeal with Apricots
Oatmeal is full of fiber which is necessary for consistently releasing carbs into the bloodstream, hence facilitating the upkeep of energy levels throughout the workout. Apricots contain high levels of vitamin A, potassium (electrolytes), and fiber.
Take your favorite organic oatmeal and place in the microwave as per instructions. Slice up one whole apricot and disperse on top when oatmeal is ready.
Total time: 3 minutes (varies depending on oatmeal)
Greek Yogurt with Banana
Bananas are high in potassium, keeping your muscles going strong and hydrated throughout the workout, and Greek yogurt contains about double the amount of protein and half the sugar as regular yogurt. If you have a sweet tooth, the banana will surely satisfy.
Simply grab the Greek yogurt of your choice, we prefer Oikos 0% or Chobani, slice up half of your banana (or whole if container is large enough), drop in banana slices and enjoy!
Total time: 1 minute
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