Exercise is important, and knowing the foods that help you burn more fat during workouts can be a great way to ensure your workout is helping you in the best way possible.
Any of these foods alone can be helpful to you while trying to complete a workout. Mixing a couple of these together to get an extra boost is a smart way to prep for an intense workout and complete it with energy to spare.
Potassium B vitamins and magnesium can come from bananas. Add them with some of the foods listed below and you have a truly powerful snack to aid your success during a workout. The bananas also offer fiber to help keep your blood sugar stable and improve your blood flow as you are working out.
Fiber, protein, magnesium and an easily digestible food are all wrapped up in a serving of oats. They can be made into muffins or eaten with almond milk. They can be sweetened using a banana or berries, providing a great snack that includes different elements to improve your workout energy level.
Green smoothies prevent inflammation and also provide nutrients and an alkalizing effect on the digestive system. They can be boosted with a cup of greens, some berries and oats or almonds to provide protein. Make sure to keep the serving to a two cup maximum to avoid that feeling of liquid in the stomach while you are attempting to complete your workout.
Want more protein, fiber and help with digestion via enzymes? Look no further than coconut butter. It won’t be a heavy feeling in your stomach during the workout and it digests easily. Consider eating two tablespoons of it alone or adding it to your oats.
Peanut or Almond Butter
Both of these are good sources of protein, so consider eating a couple tablespoons of either one before you workout, or you can mix them into a smoothie or oatmeal to provide a filling snack.
Fruit and Nut Bars
The carbs and fiber in bars like these are easily digested and provide a great way to extend your energy since they digest slowly to prolong the effects. Dates, figs, raisins and apricots are usually found in fruit and nut bars, so if you want to skip the bar consider eating these and some grains to get the same effect.
Blend Chia seeds into a smoothie and get protein, fiber, magnesium and iron as well as B vitamins, all in one small package. This is great to have pre-workout for a good boost.
More B vitamins, protein, magnesium and iron can be gained by having quinoa. Muffins made with bananas and apples can be a great way to enjoy this seed-like grain.
Blueberries and strawberries are good as natural carbs and to provide anti-inflammatory properties to help your body after a particularly grueling workout involving cardio or weight lifting. You can also eat some acai or goji if you prefer these fruits and get the same benefits.
Eating hemp seeds is a good way to get protein. If this does not seem to fit your lifestyle, consider this: you can get 20% of your daily iron and 45 percent of your daily nutrients from simply adding hemp seeds to oatmeal or a smoothie. Mix them into yogurt with a banana and some berries and you have three things on this list covered.