Ask The Experts: Best Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks

When training for an upcoming half-marathon, I make sure to fuel my workouts beforehand as well as eat properly afterward to help my muscles recover. Lately my go-to snacks have been the square of cinnamon toast as well as half the banana prior to I head out for the run, as well as the chocolate milk, scrambled eggs as well as ripened offspring (and sometimes another square of cinnamon toast) when I return. I was curious what other sports nourishment experts were grabbing prior to as well as after they exercise. Heres what I found out!

Tavis Piattoly, M.S., R.D., LDN, is the co-owner as well as director of sports nourishment education for My Sports Dietitian (His favorite snacks embody peanut butter, fresh ripened offspring as well as whey protein.

Pre: Half the PB as well as banana sandwich upon whole-grain or P28 bread

Post: 1 crater milk, blended with 1 dip whey protein as well as 1 crater ripened offspring (berries or cherries)

When formulation around the midmorning or midday workout, Abigail Dougherty, RDNreaches for some great on-the-go options.

Pre: Dried figs dipped in the little peanut butter

Post: An RXBar. I love the clean, whole-food ingredients as well as make use of of egg whites as the single of the categorical sources of protein!

Its the smoothie for Cynthia Sass, MPH, R.D., CSSD, nourishment expert for the New York Yankees as well as author of Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds as well as Inches with Pulses The New Superfood.

Post: Fresh kale, frozen berries as well as cherries, pea protein powder, almond butter, water as well as fresh ginger root. Its nutrient- as well as antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory, hydrating, as well as provides the balance of healthy carbs, gaunt protein as well as good fat.

Julie Upton, M.S., R.D., CSSDmatches her food to her workouts. My CrossFit workouts have been high-intensity though short, so I dont need the ton of calories similar to endurance athletes need, though I do need high-quality protein to help my muscles develop, so I focus upon more protein as well as fewer carbs.

Pre: 3 or 4 clementines or 1 banana with half of the whey-protein shake

Post: The remainder of the whey-protein shake with 2 eggs plus 1 white, scrambled with veggies as well as stuffed in the tiny corn tortilla with salsa

Heidi Skolnik, M.S., CDN, FACSMkeeps it simple though absolute hitting upon all-important nutrients. She additionally keeps in mind how important timing is when choosing what to eat prior to exercise: Depends upon what is being done as well as how long is the window prior to the work. The closer to working out, the smaller the volume of food, the more simple-to-digest the carbohydrate. If weightlifting, supplement some protein.

Pre: Applesauce pouch (cardio) or tiny oatmeal as well as milk (weightlifting)

Post: Greek yogurt as well as the banana or beef jerky as well as the large soft pretzel

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is the registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer as well as owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary as well as sports nutrition.