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Welcome to Jasmine’s Workout Wednesdays. As a mom, I know how hard it is to fit in time for yourself. So each week I’ll feature a new workout that’s easy to do and requires minimal time. Let’s pledge to spend at least 10 minutes a day to better our health, and together we can do this!

The idea of eating before working out seemed like something that didn’t go together. If I was trying to lose weight, why should I eat before I worked out? But after 30 minutes into my exercise I was left with little to no energy. Turns out, eating the proper types of food before a workout will help fuel our energy and help burn more calories. More energy= more calories to burn. Here is a list of some of my favorite pre-workout foods.

These foods should be consumed no less than 45 minutes before a workout:

  • Greek Yogurt with banana
  • Oatmeal
  • Half a slice of toast with Almond Butter
  • Brown rice with chicken
  • Turkey sandwich

These foods can be consumed anywhere from 15-30 minutes prior to a workout: 

  • Fruit smoothie made with pineapple, banana and mango’s
  • Pretzels
  • Apple slices
  • Luna Bars
  • Slice of cheese and grapes

If you are not hungry, don’t force yourself to eat. Sometimes when I workout early in the mornings, I have no appetite. I’ll simply grab a spoon and eat a little peanut butter, just to give me a little energy boost.

Stay tuned next week for food ideas to eat AFTER your workout! What you eat post-workout is even more important than what you eat before.