I'm no nutrition expert and am only going on my experience here. I should also say that I'm not a hardcore exerciser; my habit is to go for a run a few times a week. With those disclaimers, I'll say that what I most often want before a work-out is quick energy. Additionally, it's nice to have something that will satisfy my stomach without filling me up.
After trying a lot of store-bought energy bars and the like, I've eventually settled on these favorite pre-exercise snacks:
• A banana
• A handful of pretzels
• A piece of toast
• A small handful of chocolate
• A handful of nuts and dried fruit
I usually eat one of these snacks about 15 minutes before heading out for my run to give it time to settle in my stomach and to let the sugar hit my bloodstream. I've been following this routine for a few years now and it seems to work well for me.
What about you? What are your favorite snacks for eating before a work-out?
(Images: Emma Christensen)