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5 Best Pre-Workout Foods

6/10/2014 3:41:00 PM

Tags: Workout Foods, Exercise Foods, Healthy Food, Victoria Pitcher

Before hitting the gym or that afternoon yoga session, think about filling up with foods that enhance your workout. Foods with complex sugars, protein and carbohydrates will keep you fueled, and some experts agree that even a small cup of coffee can improve your physical performance. Try to eat at least 30 minutes to an hour before your exercise routine.

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5 Best Pre-Workout Foods


Rich in fiber, oatmeal helps stabilize blood sugar, which in turn stabilizes your energy, keeping you fueled through your workout. Add fresh fruit for an added boost.

Greek Yogurt

Probiotics—specifically the Lactobacillus strains—in yogurt have been found beneficial to weight loss efforts. Yogurt also helps to stabilize blood sugar, which results in less fat-storage hormones. Read more about probiotics in yogurt in our article “13 Proven Health Benefits of Probiotics.”


Bananas contain potassium, a vital nutrient for healthy muscle function. Bananas are also high in carbohydrates that are key to a quality workout. Eat whole or blend in a protein smoothie. (Try our Blueberry Banana Smoothie Recipe!) You can also slice on top of whole-grain toast to pack in extra carbs.

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Whole-Grain Bread

Whole-grain bread is packed with protein, fiber and the carbohydrates that your body needs to perform well. Snack on a piece of whole-grain toast before a workout. Top it with bananas or peanut butter (or both!) for even more power.

Peanut Butter

Another great source of protein, peanut butter is a great workout buddy. It’s also packed with the healthy fats that are less likely to be stored as body fat.

Victoria Pitcher is Web Editor at Mother Earth Living. Find her on .

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