The cliché you are what you eat hits especially close to home when it’s time to exercise. Failure to eat an appropriate, healthy snack before and after a workout can be disastrous. For me, if I don’t eat a snack with complex carbohydrates and protein before I hit the gym, I feel faint and shaky midway though exercise. To help others avoid such a fate, Snap Kitchen’s Registered Dietitian Andrea Hinsdale helps take the guesswork out of healthy snacking with her top five pre-workout and post-workout snacks.
Hinsdale says that in general, energy-filled snacks featuring carbohydrates like whole grains and fruit combined with protein are your best bet before and after a workout.