Hungry but don’t want to be weighed down mid-workout? Consider snacking on the following if you find your stomach grumbling in a pinch:

Bananas

Nature’s veritable power bar, bananas are chock full of healthy carbs and potassium that will support nerve and muscle function. Not only will your workout get a boost, but your post-exercise recovery will thank you for the added source of electrolytes.

Protein Smoothie

The ideal morning fuel, a smoothie is the perfect way to start your day off right. Make your base with fresh fruit and greek yogurt, and add protein powder or nuts for an additional boost in fuel. For an exciting twist, add greens or avocado to keep your taste buds on their toes.

Mixed Nuts or Trail Mix

Though nuts and trail mix are high in fat, your body will thank you for the heart-healthy omegas that these nutrient-dense snacks pack. Have only a handful if you’re on the way to the gym, and do your best to make your own mix rather than rely on store-bought varieties.

Greek Yogurt with Fruit or Granola

Like smoothies and trail mix, you’ll find twice as much protein in greek as in traditional yogurt. Fruit and granola will add a touch of simple carbs to boost your workout, while calcium will serve to rebuild and strengthen bones after your workout.

Whole Grain Toast with Peanut Butter

Peanut butter, like nuts, will boost your body’s lean muscle mass, while whole grain toast will add that little touch of carbs to kick-start your energy before a workout. Relatively dense, make sure to have only a piece or two before making your way to the gym.

Surrounded by fad diets and crash workouts, it can be difficult to figure out what to eat before a fitness workout. At The MAX Challenge, our unique program of fitness, nutrition, and motivation will educate you on the best decisions to make for your health, not just during, but before and after every workout. To learn more about Marlboro’s ultimate weight loss program, contact us online at THE MAX Challenge of Marlboro, NJ.