8 Best Foods to Get You Through Your Workout (Slideshow)

Staff Writer
Make sure you snack on some of these foods before you hit the gym

Oatmeal

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Snack on a bowl of oatmeal before working out. The oatmeal will hold you over until the end of class, but not weigh you down with carb overload.

Avocados

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This green fruit is full of magnesium and potassium, which helps your muscles function. Plus, it’s a nutrient-dense food, which means it will sustain you well through your workout. Try mixing avocado into a smoothie or spreading some on toast.

Bananas

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Bananas are a great pre-workout snack. They are potassium and magnesium-rich, which can help prevent cramps and bloating.

Dried Fruit

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Dried fruits contain natural sugars, which can help give you an energy boost. Not to mention, they are super easy to eat on the go!

Almonds

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Almonds are great to snack on throughout the day and especially before working out. They can help you stay hydrated and give your muscles strength and power to hold you throughout your workout. Try eating plain and unsalted versions.

Dark Chocolate

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Eating a bit of dark chocolate before class can help keep you blood sugar levels balanced. This increases the blood flow to your brain, which in turn can help your concentration and focus. 

Smoothies

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Smoothies make for a great pre-workout snack. Keep the blend light so you don’t get weighed down and can get the most out of your workout. Try mixing bananas and almonds with a little coconut water.

Melon

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Melons like cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew are high in water content, which can help you stay hydrated and energized.