Best Foods to Eat Before a Workout

three bowls of oats and fruits

a plate of sliced bananas and honeyMost of us hit the gym hoping to get a good workout, but we don't really think about our pre-workout meals. This is simply not true. You don't have to head to the gym or follow your virtual personal training on an empty stomach — fuel is necessary to make the most of your exercise.

But what should you eat pre-workout?

Certain foods help our bodies prepare, which can help us maximize our efforts when we're exercising. These known foods are a perfect balance of protein, carbs, and fats and can help fight fatigue, fuel your body, and aid in muscle recovery.


Oatmeal is a great pre-workout snack to have on an empty stomach. It's loaded with carbohydrates that prepare your muscles for the workout and supply your body with the energy you need. Oatmeal is also high in protein and fiber, making it perfect for those trying to maintain their fitness.


Forget granola bars when you can have nature's finest energy source: bananas. They're packed with carbs, antioxidants, and potassium, which can help prevent muscle cramps.

Trail Mix

You'll find trail mix popular among hikers, but it's not just them it's beneficial for. The right nuts can give you the much-needed energy boost before a workout. Raisins give us a hit of energy, making them a great food to eat on an empty stomach. Moreover, almonds are high in proteins, fats, and antioxidants that give you better workout results.

Brown Rice with Chicken

Not everyone hits the gym in the morning. If you're someone who likes working out in the afternoon or evening, brown rice with chicken can be a great meal. Brown rice is rich in fibers and carbs, due to which it digests slowly, while the chicken is rich in protein that makes you feel fuller for longer.

 three bowls of oats and fruits

Peanut Butter Sandwich

A peanut butter sandwich makes for a great pre-workout snack, especially if you're working out in the morning. However, be selective when it comes to choosing bread. Steer away from white bread; instead, opt for whole wheat or multigrain bread.

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