I think we've all been in the situation where we're hungry before a workout but don't know what to eat (or wonder if we even should eat). Depending on the time of day, some foods may sit heavier in your stomach and weight you down during your workout, so this post is to help you figure out what pre & post-workout foods you should be eating (courtesy of Lauren Conrad).
If you workout in the morning:
“You need to eat within 30 minutes of waking up so you can jump-start your metabolism.” Try having a few bites of oatmeal or half a banana—having something is your system is better than nothing.
I find if I workout on an empty stomach, I get sick or too tired to finish my workout.
If you workout in the afternoon:
“Eat a light snack if you are hungry before your workout.” Jarett recommends power foods like a small bowl of oatmeal, a banana, apple slices with peanut butter or muscle milk.
I usually have a small salad with light dressing, or other veggies.
After your workout:
“Eat within 30 minutes after your workout so your body doesn't start burning muscle.” It's important to fuel your body with some form of protein, so grab a handful or almonds or whip up a protein shake. Then, eat small meals every 3 hours throughout. Even If you’re not hungry, you should at least have a small snack. This will prevent you from waiting too long to eat and then overeating because you feel starving.
My favourite post-workout food is a peanut butter protein shake;
Take 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter, and 1 cup of milk. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve & enjoy!