Pre-Workout Snack Ideas

by Kitchen Ladies

Whenever I go to the gym it is always at a pivotal time during my eating schedule (i.e. right before breakfast, lunch or dinner) and halfway through the workout I get lightheaded and hungry. To end this problem once and for all, I began to research pre-workout snacks that are light and easy to make.

For me, the trick is to eat something one hour before exercising that has enough protein and fat to help me sustain my workout performance.  Also, remember to drink enough water (16 to 20 ounces) an hour or two before working out.

Here are three of my top picks:


Banana and Almond Milk Smoothie: In a blender, add one banana, one tablespoon of peanut butter, a cup of chocolate almond milk (or regular chocolate milk if preferred) and a cup of ice.


Hard Boiled Eggs: We always have a bowl of these in the refrigerator because they are a great one-the-go snack. I have hard-boiling down to a science, but for a good guide on how to do it please visit the Incredible Egg.


Greek Yogurt with Sliced Almonds:  Packed with protein, this is one of those “wake me up” meals. We always have a big container of it in our fridge and also love it for dessert prepared the exact same way.

Other Pre-Workout Snack Ideas (and great articles that helped jump start my snacking plan)
The Starting Line: 16 Healthy (and Yummy) Prerun Meals and Snacks
Shape Magazine: 10 New Foods That Power Up Your Workout
Cosmopolitan: What to Eat Before a Workout
Fit Sugar: How to Choose a Pre-Workout Snack

~ Kirsten