Easy, Pre-Workout Snack
If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen me post the same foods for the past couple weeks. For some reason, I have been OBSESSED with the same pre-workout and post-workout meals and have had zero interest in changing that anytime soon.
About two weeks ago, I started graduate school (hence the absence on this blog - sorry!) and also left my job. I also started exercising in the mornings in order to accommodate my evening classes, which means I needed to rethink the snacks and meals I eat before going to the gym.
I used to exercise in the evening after work, so I prepped a light dinner that I could eat at work about an hour and a half before I started my workout, but now that the gym is the first thing I do in the morning, I don't really have the stomach to be able to handle a large breakfast let alone something hearty that's going to make me sluggish and use up too many Calories before noon.
I've been eating a super simple pre-workout snack/meal that gives me just the right amount of energy to make it through a hefty cardio & weights session, and you really can't go wrong with the combination options.
All you need:
- Apple of choice (I prefer Honeycrisp)
- Peanut Butter of choice (I use good ol' JIF, but you can use PB2 or another spread)
- Crunchy Topping (I've been alternating between mini chocolate chips and Love Crunch Granola)
I slice the apple into 16 slices, removing the core of course, but leaving the skin on (who has time to peel an apple first thing in the morning?). Then I take just one tablespoon of the peanut butter (since I'm using the full fat version - if you are using PB2 or something lighter, feel free to use a full serving) and spread it evenly over each slice. Then sprinkle 1/2 to a full serving of your topping over the top, and you're set to eat! One tip if you're using granola: you can make a small amount go a long way. I typically only need about 2 tablespoons of granola to cover all the slices, I just crumble it in between my fingers over the dish so that I don't get giant clumps on some slices while others don't get any granola. For the chocolate chips, I go for the mini ones for the same purpose - getting more spread without needing more than a serving.
I also ran out of my pre-workout powder so I've just been mixing up a strong cup of instant coffee and it does the trick!