10 things to eat pre-workout

10 things to eat pre-workout

Recently a good friend of mine came to me and said she wanted to start going jogging in the morning and asked me if she should eat before going, and if so, what she should have. I typically like having something small like a banana or protein bar before a workout, but once I really thought about it I had to ask myself “is that the best thing I can be doing for my body?” So, I did a little research to better educate myself and hopefully provide others with some helpful guidance as well.

There’s a lot of debate in the fitness community about whether or not you should eat before working out. I do, my husband doesn’t, and we both make progress in the gym. At this point, I want to say it’s personal preference, but if you’d like to do further research into this or give me some hard evidence I will gladly take it. Anyway, if you do make the decision to eat before working out you want to make sure you have something with good balance of carbs or protein to help you sustain energy. Here are 10 good snack options for you to nosh before hitting up the gym;

  1. Bananas
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Fruit smoothies
  4. Chickpeas
  5. Egg Whites
  6. Dried Fruit
  7. Whole grain toast
  8. Brown rice
  9. Chicken breast
  10. Greek yogurt

What are some of your favorite pre-workout snacks? Share them below!

Also be sure to check out my article on post-workout snacks!

 

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hey everyone! Today I’m whipping up these skinny chocolate chip cookies and had to share the recipe with y’all. They’re pretty low in sugar, and vegan friendly! Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup flour (all-purpose, whole wheat, gluten-free flour)

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 TBS-1/4 cup sugar (or 4 TBS honey if not strict vegan)

4 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter

8 oz unsweetened applesauce

⅓ cup dark chocolate chips or Vegan Mini Chocolate Chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract and sugar and mix well

Stir in the peanut butter and applesauce until a combined well then fold in chocolate chips

If the mixture is a little sticky for handling try refrigerating it for 30mins to an hour to help

Drop the dough onto a greased baking sheet by the tablespoons.

Bake them for about 8-10 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Original recipe from Veggiebalance

Can You 24? 

Can You 24? 

So here’s the thing, you’ll never catch me running around my block let alone on a treadmill at the gym. If you ever catch me in a gym it’s most likely for a group class. I get bored, jogging on a treadmill or trying to lift weights is mind numbing for me after a solid 10 minutes or so. So when I found out about the AdvoCare Can You 24 DVD I pretty much jumped at the opportunity. The DVD consists of 24 minute workouts that you can do in your own living room. I figured,  “I can tough anything out for 24 minutes, right?”


This DVD did not disappoint. The workouts fly by, and each workout features a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level workout so you can keep your own pace! After doing one of the Shred workout my legs were sore for a solid 3 days. The quality looks a little old school, but who cares? I’m glad I made the investment in these because even if it’s only 24 minutes a day, it’s a step in the right direction!

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Welcome!

Welcome!

Hi everyone! My name as Hailey as you’ve probably figured out by now, and I just wanted to first share a little bit about myself.

I think like many others, I’ve always wanted to be fit and healthy but I’ve always lacked the motivation and self control to do it. I’m finally tightening the belt (no pun intended) and getting down to business. This is my journey to a healthier me, and I wanted to share tips & tricks with you all along the way. I’ll also be dropping product recommendations and sharing tasty recipes I find. I’m a major foodie so eating better is going to be the hardest part of this journey for me. I hope this helps inspire some of you to join me on my journey and I’d love to hear from you guys along the way!

-Hailey