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10 Quick Pre-workout Bites to Power Your Training

May 22, 2024 5 min read

10 Quick Pre-workout Bites to Power Your Training-VPA Australia

Feeling a bit flat before hitting the gym?

Don’t worry, legends! We’ll get you sorted with our top 10 best foods to eat before a workout because what you eat beforehand makes a world of difference. Forget sad salads and wilted celery sticks – we're talking about pre-workout snacks that are as delicious as they are energising. So, chuck another snag on the barbie (well, maybe not literally before a workout) and listen up close! Here are the top 10 pre-workout snacks guaranteed to turn you into a gym legend.

Remember: Timing is Key!

Before we dish out delish pre-workout snacks, remember – timing is everything. Ideally, aim to eat your pre-workout snack 1-2 hours before you unleash your inner athlete. This gives your body enough time to digest and convert that food into energy.

The ideal pre-workout snack should be a delightful duet of carbohydrates and protein. Carbs provide sustained energy, while protein helps build and repair muscle. So, let's get this pre-sweat party started!  

1. The Energising Smoothie Bowl

This beauty is as delicious as it is functional. Blend half a cup of frozen berries with a scoop of VPA Australia Whey Isolate (unflavored or choose your favourite flavour!), a splash of unsweetened almond milk, and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. Pour it into a bowl and top with a sprinkle of granola, a drizzle of honey, and some chia seeds for extra texture.

Why it works:This smoothie bowl is a flavour and nutrient explosion. The berries provide a burst of carbs and antioxidants, the whey isolate delivers a protein punch, and the Greek yogurt adds a touch of creaminess and more protein. Granola adds a satisfying crunch, while honey and chia seeds offer a touch of sweetness and healthy fats.

2. The Power-Packed Pancakes

Who says pancakes can't be pre-workout fuel? Ditch the sugary syrups and whip up a batch of protein pancakes using VPA Australia Protein Pancake Mix! Add an egg (protein boost!) and some milk for a fluffy batter. Throw in some chopped blueberries for a burst of antioxidants. Cook your pancakes and top them with a drizzle of natural honey for a touch of sweetness.

Why it's perfect: Protein pancake mix provides sustained energy (protein), while the egg and blueberries add an extra dose of protein and antioxidants. Honey provides a quick energy source, perfect for that pre-workout push.

3. The Scrambled Scramble with a Twist

Scrambled eggs are a classic breakfast option, but let's take it up a notch for pre-workout! Scramble two eggs with chopped spinach and diced red capsicum. Top it with a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese for a touch of savoury goodness.

Why it's perfect:Eggs are a complete protein source, meaning they contain all essential amino acids for muscle building and repair. Spinach is rich in iron, which helps deliver oxygen to your muscles, and capsicum provides vitamin C, another important nutrient for exercise performance.

4. The "Ant on a Log" Reinvented

Remember that childhood snack – celery sticks with peanut butter? Let's give it a grown-up makeover! Spread some VPA Australia Protein Mousse on celery sticks for a creamy and protein-rich base. Top it with some sliced almonds for a delightful crunch and healthy fats.

Why it's perfect: Celery provides hydration, while protein mousse delivers a sustained energy source. Almonds offer healthy fats and fibre, keeping you feeling fuller for longer.

5. The Powerhouse Pita

Whole wheat pita bread is a fantastic base for a pre-workout snack. Fill it with some shredded chicken breast (lean protein!), sliced cucumber and tomato (hydration!), and a dollop of hummus (healthy fats and fibre).

Why it's perfect: Chicken breast provides readily available protein, while the veggies keep you hydrated. Hummus adds healthy fats and fiber, keeping you feeling full and focused during your workout.

6. "Fairy Bread Fighter" with a Protein Punch

Remember that childhood favourite – fairy bread? Let's give it a grown-up makeover for a pre-workout snack that packs a punch! Spread some ricotta cheese (protein power!) on whole-wheat crackers for a creamy and protein-rich base. Top it with some sliced strawberries (vitamin C and antioxidants!) and a sprinkle of VPA Australia Protein Ball Mix for a delightful crunch and a protein boost.

Why it's perfect: Ricotta cheese delivers a sustained energy source, while the protein ball mix adds an extra protein punch. Strawberries offer vitamins and antioxidants, and the whole-wheat crackers provide complex carbohydrates for sustained energy. This is a great option for those who are short on time but still want a delicious and nutritious pre-workout snack.

7. The "Maca Mojo" Power Balls

Looking for a pre-workout snack that's on the go? These bite-sized powerhouses are perfect for busy schedules. Combine rolled oats (complex carbs for sustained energy!), chopped nuts (healthy fats for satiety!), dried fruit (like cranberries or raisins for natural sugars!), a scoop of VPA Australia Protein Ball Mix, and a teaspoon of VPA Australia Maca Powder for an extra energy boost. Drizzle some honey to bind the mixture and roll them into bite-sized balls.

Why it's perfect: This snack is a powerhouse of complex carbohydrates (oats), healthy fats (nuts), and protein (protein ball mix). The dried fruit adds a touch of sweetness and natural sugars for a quick energy boost, while maca powder is known for its potential to enhance energy levels and exercise performance.

8. The "Tropical Twist" Yogurt Parfait:

Layer some plain Greek yogurt (protein!) in a glass. Top it with chopped mango and pineapple for a tropical explosion of flavour. Drizzle some honey for a touch of sweetness and sprinkle some chia seeds for added texture and fibre.

Why it's perfect: Greek yogurt is a fantastic source of protein, while the mango and pineapple provide vitamins and natural sugars for immediate energy. Chia seeds offer fibre for sustained fullness, and honey keeps your blood sugar levels from dipping during your workout.

9. Spicy Tuna on Toast

Craving something savoury before your workout? Look no further! Mash a can of tuna in brine (protein power!) with a dollop of mayonnaise (healthy fats!) and a sprinkle of your favourite spices (think chilli flakes, paprika, or a squeeze of lemon juice). Spread it on a slice of whole-grain toast (complex carbs for sustained energy!).

Why it's perfect:Tuna is a fantastic source of lean protein, while the whole-grain toast provides complex carbohydrates for sustained energy. The mayonnaise adds healthy fats to keep you feeling fuller for longer, and the spices give it a flavour kick.

10. The "Post-Workout Refuel" Smoothie

This isn't technically a pre-workout snack, but it's a fantastic way to refuel your body after conquering your workout! Blend together a frozen banana, some leafy greens (spinach or kale), a scoop of VPA Australia Whey Isolate(flavour of your choice!), and some unsweetened plant-based milk for a creamy and refreshing recovery drink.

Why it's perfect: This smoothie combines carbohydrates (banana), protein (whey isolate), and essential vitamins and minerals (greens) to help your body recover and rebuild muscle tissue after your workout.

Remember, this is just a starting point!

Get creative, experiment with flavours, and find what works best for you. With these delicious and nutritious pre-workout snacks, you'll be well on your way to crushing your fitness goals and having a blast while doing it!

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