A lot of us consider working out on an empty stomach since it helps with insulin insensitivity leading to an easier pathway to burn all that fat; but think of it this way: Your body would be under so much stress and all that without having any fuel to drive it and pump it up. Doesn’t seem like a good idea now, does it? You certainly do not want your energy levels to start diminishing when you are only half through running, doing squats, pushups or just anything that requires an extra bundle of strength during exercising.
Therefore, almost forty-five minutes before you begin your workout routine, you need to munch on something that is high in carbs and also contains tad bit of proteins. Below is a list of stuff you can have, which is easily available.
Add a handful of your favorite berries with two tablespoons full of yogurt, a dash of brown sugar or honey, to a jug of milk (soya milk is highly preferable in this regard), blend it well and you are good to go! Strawberries are the best option for this but you can also go for frozen berries.
Crackers And Cheese
Oh, haven’t we all heard the jingle halki phulki bhook mein halka phulka Tuc? Crackers are something you can nibble on forever and still not get tired of. Take a handful of crackers and add a cube of cheese on top of each. You can also give it something extra by adding a slice of olive on top of the cheese. Good in carbs and proteins both!
Banana With Raisins
Since winters are on their peak and almost every Pakistani household is bound to carry dry fruits, the next time your Ammi jaan brings them in, the raisins are all yours. Pair them up with a banana and your pre-workout mini meal is ready! This would be sufficiently rich in carbs.
Whole Wheat Bread With Peanut Butter
Carbs are certainly your best friend when it comes to prepping for the gym. That is because when they are broken down during the exercise, they release the energy required for you to keep kicking it. Whole wheat bread is rich in carbs and peanut butter helps you gain lean muscle effectively. Adding banana slices on top makes it even more delicious! Also an extra dash of potassium.
Brown Rice With Black Beans
This is for those who really do feel hungry as soon as they get out of bed since it compensates for the kind of feeling a full-time meal would give. You can boil brown rice separately and make some gravy with the black beans, adding a few mild spices and sauces here and there for some added savor.
Oatmeal With Fruits
Not everyone is a huge fan of oatmeal as it is usually termed as mareezon wala khana by our young people, but when combined with fruits like some citrus berries, it is a party in your mouth and high in nutritional value for your body. It helps keep you hydrated simultaneously while you work out.