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Best Food to Eat Before Workout

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I’m wanting to get away from pre workouts and man made supplements. What is the best food to eat before a workout that will give you an extra boost to your workout?

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  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,766 Member
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    Coffee/tea or something else with caffeine? Quick carbs?

    I don't usually do anything super-special before a workout, though if it's been a while since I've eaten and my energy level feels a little depressed, I might eat some dried fruit or even candy. For a while, I was on a kick of caramel apple Tootsie-Pop lollipops/suckers, around 70 calories of nearly pure sugar, before weight training. :D I've also kept unsweetened applesauce packets in my gym bag to eat when I had back-to-back group classes (to eat quickly between) or shelf-stable chocolate milk in single-serve boxes.

    I don't get very technical or fancy about this stuff, though. Mostly I focus on eating nutritiously in ways that keeps me reasonably full and my energy level up most of the time, and just extend that idea to pre-/post-workout eating. If I subjectively feel like things could be improved, I experiment.

    I do supplement creatine among other things, but not timed around workouts.

    Others will probably give you better (more technical) advice.
  • littlezz4872
    littlezz4872 Posts: 4 Member
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    I have heard that sour patch kids have the same effect as pre workout. I might have to try them.

    Thanks for some tips
  • claireychn074
    claireychn074 Posts: 1,432 Member
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    I’m with @AnnPT77, I don’t do anything technical. I generally have a coffee, and then a slab of cake or something like flapjack. I often eat raisins during my session or fudge, then I have a protein shake made with skimmed milk after. I just need to eat enough calories to get through the session, then I make sure I get enough protein for the rest of the day.
  • littlezz4872
    littlezz4872 Posts: 4 Member
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    Thank you. I will give that a go.
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,679 Member
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    Fruit is usually good because it absorbs fast. Cinnamon toast crunch was a favorite of mine back in the day.



    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 35+ years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

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  • yirara
    yirara Posts: 9,522 Member
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    I usually eat a few teaspoons full of liquorice extract about an hour before a workout. Raises my bloodpressure and the workout works better.
  • claireychn074
    claireychn074 Posts: 1,432 Member
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    ninerbuff wrote: »
    Fruit is usually good because it absorbs fast. Cinnamon toast crunch was a favorite of mine back in the day.



    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 35+ years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

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    Is cinnamon toast crunch something you made or bought? Sounds interesting!
  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 41,868 Member
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    ninerbuff wrote: »
    Fruit is usually good because it absorbs fast. Cinnamon toast crunch was a favorite of mine back in the day.



    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 35+ years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

    9285851.png

    Is cinnamon toast crunch something you made or bought? Sounds interesting!

    It's a sugary breakfast cereal

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    To the OP, I don't really do anything in particular for a gym workout. It's usually in the evening after work and I've consumed enough throughout the day to have good, stable energy. Weekend workouts are in the AM and I usually have a few cups of coffee when I wake up and then I go to the gym and eat breakfast when I return. When I was heavy into cycling I did carb load the day before long training rides or races and I had dried fruit and/or jolly ranchers with me for the ride to keep my energy up.

    Most pre-workout supplements are primarily caffeine and B vitamins.
  • claireychn074
    claireychn074 Posts: 1,432 Member
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    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    ninerbuff wrote: »
    Fruit is usually good because it absorbs fast. Cinnamon toast crunch was a favorite of mine back in the day.



    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 35+ years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

    9285851.png

    Is cinnamon toast crunch something you made or bought? Sounds interesting!

    It's a sugary breakfast cereal

    450.jpg

    To the OP, I don't really do anything in particular for a gym workout. It's usually in the evening after work and I've consumed enough throughout the day to have good, stable energy. Weekend workouts are in the AM and I usually have a few cups of coffee when I wake up and then I go to the gym and eat breakfast when I return. When I was heavy into cycling I did carb load the day before long training rides or races and I had dried fruit and/or jolly ranchers with me for the ride to keep my energy up.

    Most pre-workout supplements are primarily caffeine and B vitamins.

    Ohh right, thanks! Disappointed, I thought it was like a toast recipe 🤣
  • Theoldguy1
    Theoldguy1 Posts: 2,477 Member
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    I have heard that sour patch kids have the same effect as pre workout. I might have to try them.

    Thanks for some tips

    That's what happens when you get nutrition/fitness information from Tik-Tok. As mentioned above, fruits for the win.
  • EricExtreme
    EricExtreme Posts: 95 Member
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    I have 4 ounces of lean protein with either one cup (cooked) of barley or a serving of oats 30 minutes before working out.