The 3 Best Booster Snacks That’ll Power You Through Any Workout
Your energy is waning and the last thing you want to do is exercise. But what if we told you that we’ve got healthy bites to give you that much-needed jolt of power to get through any workout? Plus: They’re way tastier than you think. Read on…
1/ Chia Seeds
Why: A big cause of mid-workout meltdown is dehydration – and chia seeds absorb 10 to 12 times their weight in water. “They support electrolyte balance, which alters as you sweat. Keeping that balance is vital for a supercharged workout,” says personal trainer Tom Clarke.
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Scoff it: Blend a scoop of powdered chia seeds with water, half a chopped apple and a handful of kale. It looks like a pond, but it tastes good.
2/ Banana And Nut Butter
Why: The banana has been demonised as being high in kilojoules, but its natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – give an instant ongoing boost. “Two give enough energy for a 90-minute workout,” says personal trainer Albert Wright. “But offset it with protein.” Step it up with cashew nut butter.
Scoff it: Spread a slice of rye bread with a teaspoon of cashew butter and top with sliced banana. Then attack that weights area.
3/ Almonds And Gogi Berries
Why: Almonds contain potassium to keep your electrolytes steady, plus they’re protein rich. Team them with goji berries – a natural form of sugar – for fuel. Eight nuts to six berries provides the perfect protein/sugar ratio.
Scoff it: For a tasty shake, blend goji berries with 200ml warm almond milk and one teaspoon of energising maca powder.