Quick Digesting Foods For An Impromptu Workout

You’ve woke late (or super early)…don’t want to train on a full stomach but just want a little energy booster to aid your workout, but what can you have? What will fuel you, ensure you have more energy, strength and output in the gym rather than training fasted. Here’s some simple tips..

Timing Of Pre-Workout Food

A simple guideline without over-confusing it, is to eat a full meal three to four hours before a workout, a higher carbohydrate snack two hours before, and/or a smaller, easy-to-digest carbohydrate right before a workout. This will ensure that you can perform with a full performance and output and without sacrificing any hard-earned muscle tissue. So as this blog is specifically talking about ‘right before a workout’, here’s some good go-to-choices for quick digesting foods/snacks.

  • 1/2 to 1 full banana
  • Handful of crackers/pretzels
    You can add peanut butter/hummus to these if ingested more in advance of a workout
  • An apple or small cup of apple sauce
  • Cooked vegetables like carrots, squash, cauliflower etc.
    These are high in fiber so good for faster digestion
  • Mixed Berries
  • Almond Milk
    Which is lactose free so easier to digest than normal milk
  • Handful of Haribo jelly sweets
    Although higher in sugar, it’s a quick source you’ll use in the workout
  • Another option is caffeine which is great for energy
    Caffeine is a stimulant that increases gut motility, so make sure to stay hydrated too.

Generally these are the better food to use right before a workout. Foods higher in fat for example, will take a lot longer to digest as well as high protein content foods such as meats. Aim to have these hours before a workout, well balanced between protein/carbs/fats and then choose a simple snack from above right before a workout (or if it’s your first mini-snack of the day as you workout very early).

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