We’re always looking for ways to make the most out of each Shred workout. One important step towards improving your performance and achieving your fitness goals is being intentional about what you fuel your body with beforehand. Eating a nutritious meal about an hour before you hit the gym will help keep your blood sugar steady, resulting in more energy for a productive workout. In general, aim for a good mix of healthy carbohydrates and fats along with protein. Keep scrolling for some of our top picks!
Chicken, Rice & Vegetables
We know: this dish is a health & fitness classic. But it’s recommended time & time again for a reason! The chicken provides you with protein (try thighs if you’re looking to incorporate more healthy fats), while the rice gives you a healthy boost of carbohydrates for energy. The vegetables provide your body with fiber for digestive health, as well as many other vitamins that will help you feel and perform your best.
Whole-Grain Avocado Toast & Eggs
This easy-to-make option is great for early morning workouts. Whole-grain toast is packed with healthy carbs. According to the American Heart Association, avocado is a great source of healthy fats that can lower your cholesterol. Eggs are an inexpensive source of protein, more than half of which is in the whites — but don’t be afraid to include the yolk, which contains essential amino acids.
Smoothies can be a great way to sneak all the nutrients you need into one dish. Try protein powder or various nut butters for protein, then mix in what you like: try almond milk to keep it dairy-free, or stick to classic yogurt or milk. Most fruits are packed with healthy carbs, and some, like bananas, also contain healthy fats. Try mixing in greens like spinach to incorporate fiber into your pre-workout meal.