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The Best Foods To Fuel Your Workout

The Best Foods To Fuel Your Workout

Just like putting the right fuel in your car, you need to fuel your body for a high-performance workout. The key is to avoid short-term energy bursts from processed sugars and fats. They take longer to process, will slow you down, and can lead to cramps. Instead, we recommend eating a small meal (feeling bloated is a bad idea!) packed with protein, healthy carbohydrates, and other good stuff, about half an hour before your workout.

Today, we bring you our list of seven power foods that will help you get the best out of your workout. Mix and match the ingredients for the ultimate energy breakfast!


There’s a myth out there that carbs are death to a good workout. True – getting your carbs from processed sugar is counter-productive. But digestible carbohydrates, like those found in bananas, are pure fuel! Bananas are also rich in potassium which helps get those muscles moving and prevents cramps and after workout soreness (which means you’ll be much more likely to do it all again tomorrow!)


Oats are packed with fiber and slowly release fuel into the body, increasing your workout endurance. Coarser oats (like steel cut) take a bit longer to prepare but are far superior to quick-cook varieties. A helping of porridge or oatmeal with fruit is an excellent way to start an active day. If you must add sugar to your porridge, go for brown sugar instead of refined and limit yourself to a teaspoon. Or, even better; chopped bananas, raisins, or blueberries are a far better natural sweetener and can add a pop of flavor to a bowl of porridge!


Eggs are a brilliant source of protein. If your workout goal is to build muscle, then eggs should be your go-to food. Not only does protein assist in muscle development, it also prevents muscle fatigue. The reason we suggest hard boiled eggs is that you’re just getting the good stuff – no need to add fats like oil and butter to fry them. Throw your eggs on a piece of whole meal toast and you’ll have the breakfast of champions (Just ask Michael Phelps – rumor has it that he eats up to a dozen eggs a day!).


This citrus superfruit is usually taken as a weight-loss aid and has been featured on shows such as Dr. Oz. The active ingredient in this supplement, HCA, not only makes you feel fuller, but reduces appetite and speeds up metabolism, it also enhances athletic performance! Studies show that it takes athletes longer to reach exhaustion point when taking Garcinia Cambogia. That means you can work out harder for longer!


Like eggs, yogurt is rich in protein which is excellent for muscle building and workout endurance. Look for natural, unsweetened yogurts (Greek is best) as you don’t want to lose all the benefits by adding processed sugar and other nasty additives into the mix. If a bowl of unsweetened Greek Yogurt doesn’t appeal to your taste buds, try blending it with a banana and a handful of blueberries for a power-packed smoothie!


These delicious little berries are a natural superfood! Because they are rich in vitamins, potassium, and antioxidants, they help to prevent cramping and muscle soreness setting in during or after your workout. Other health-promoting benefits include enhanced immune system, better blood circulation, and healthier cholesterol levels. Team a handful of blueberries up with your yogurt or oatmeal and you’ll have the ultimate power breakfast!


Heavily processed white bread offer very little to an athlete but whole-grain bread packs a surprising punch! All of the best carbohydrates and rich fiber are present in the whole-grain bread and many varieties have extra nuts and seeds for a pop of protein. For the best results, have your slice of bread with protein-rich foods (like eggs or avocado) about 30 minutes before your workout. This will allow your body to metabolize it and start releasing those fabulous fuels and helping you work harder, faster, and longer.


The ideal way to fuel your body before working out is to choose a mixture of digestible carbohydrates, potassium, protein and antioxidants and eat a small meal at least half an hour before exercising. Mix it up to keep your meals interesting and avoid the temptation of quick-fix fats and sugars. Eggs and toast today? Banana-blueberry smoothie tomorrow! Have fun creating your own power-meals from these top ingredients!

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