What do fitness experts eat, and what do they recommend?
Snacking before and after exercise has been mastered by fitness gurus. Everyone craves food throughout the day, including them.
Try these tips the next time you’re at the gym or working long hours:
1. Eggs. Hard-boiled eggs make an excellent snack. They are inexpensive and easy to prepare in advance. They’re also filling, so they’ll satisfy your cravings and give you energy.
* Fitness gurus often turn to eggs to power through a busy day.
Add sliced tomatoes or avocados to hard boiled eggs before serving. A sprinkle of salt will enhance the flavor.
2. Sliced vegetables. A whole celery stick or large bell pepper is not something you want to chew on. You should try chopped carrots, peppers, or celery instead. If you like, have small pieces of broccoli or cauliflower as well. Cut vegetables into bite-sized pieces for a healthier snack.
Keeping the precut vegetables in ziploc bags or small plastic containers is a good idea. Even though you can buy precut vegetables in the store, you save money when you make your own.
3. Granola. Many fitness experts make their own granola instead of buying it in stores. It is better to make the granola yourself so you are in control of all the ingredients and the nutrients are balanced.
Healthy granola mixes have carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
* Make your own granola with peanuts, almonds, cashews, raisins, oats, and dried cranberries.
Another popular combination of granola ingredients includes sunflower seeds, oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, and raisins.
Try different nuts and seeds to find your favorite.
4. Peanut butter. Peanut butter is nutritious and filling. Many fitness gurus include peanut butter in their snacks by mixing it into smoothies or eating it straight from the jar.
You can make a peanut butter sandwich without bread that many fitness gurus love. Slice a banana into long, thin strips and spread peanut butter between them.
5. Almonds. Almonds are also packed with protein and healthy fats. Almonds can also provide an energy boost and help prevent cravings. Fitness gurus often snack on almonds during the day to get a quick energy boost.
Almonds can be bought in small bags, or you can use ziploc bags to make smaller portions from a bulk bag. Put them in a bag or purse that you use during the day so that you can snack on them whenever you feel hungry.
6. Protein bars for emergencies. Fit gurus use protein bars, but aren’t in agreement over which one is the best, as there are many brands on the market. Try a few and see which one works for you. You should focus on finding low-sugar and preservative-free protein bars.
* Read the ingredients listed on the back of the package. Don’t eat any that have ingredients you can’t pronounce or spell. It’s healthier to eat simple ingredients. Healthier bars will also feature short ingredients lists.
* Try out different flavors to find one you like. Energy bars are usually available in chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, and fruit flavors. Each bar has a unique taste and texture.
You can also make your own energy bars or protein bars with healthy ingredients by baking them.
Experts in fitness know that the fuel you use for your body matters. Healthy snacking is a crucial part of a successful diet and exercise program. Consider these snacking tips before your next workout or long workday.