Want to make the most of your morning workouts? You need to be wary of what you do and do not eat. Eating rich, greasy foods before you exercise can lead to upset stomachs. While, on the other hand, not eating before exercising can lead to fatigue and exhaustion. What’s important is striking the right balance. So, if you’re in the need of a few power foods for your workout, check out these Mindful suggestions.
4 Foods That Will Power Your Workout
- Sweet potato oatmeal. Oatmeal is a breakfast staple and it’s perfect boost for your morning jogs. High-fiber oatmeal will keep your feeling full and energized longer. But adding a little sweet potato also gives your body a dose of vitamin B6 and potassium and helps your workout.
- Blueberry smoothie. Looking for something that’s easier to make in the morning? How about smoothies? They’re delicious and you can add lots of healthy ingredients as well. If you’re a fan of blueberries, try Dr. Kathleen Hall’s blueberry smoothie which is made with strawberries, orange juice, whey protein powder, honey, water, and, of course, blueberries. As far as power foods that will boost yoru workout, this one is top of the line!
- Pumpkin seed and dried cherry trail mix. Trail mix is typically filled with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and other healthy ingredients, and it’s the perfect power food snack to have before your afternoon workouts. You can buy trail mix at the grocery store or you can make your own healthier version at home. If you’re a big fan of pumpkin seeds (which are high in vitamin E, protein, and magnesium), then you’ll love this pumpkin seed trail mix, which also has almonds, sunflower seeds, and dried cherries.
- Banana popsicles. Though probably better for spring or summer workouts, banana popsicles are delicious and healthy for you. They also have only three ingredients: bananas, peanut butter, and dark chocolate. Plus, bananas are a good source of antioxidants, carbs, and potassium, which you need for your workout.
Bonus: Remember to drink water before and after your workout so that you stay hydrated. You can even jazz up your water by creating your own vitamin water. Check out this article for more details.