Regulating the number of carbohydrates you put into your body is important for a number of reasons. The carb-heavy diet enjoyed by most modernized nations is one that leads to a higher risk of a number of diseases and health conditions. When you keep your daily carb intake at a healthy level, you enjoy any number of health benefits.
To fuel your workouts, you need protein. You don’t want to ingest that protein at the cost of too many carbohydrates, however. This is where complex carbohydrates with dietary fiber, some healthy fat as a fuel source and protein rich snacks with a low net carb count come into play. Enjoy the following 5 pre-workout snacks and you will keep your carb count down, and your healthy fitness results up.
(Aim for eating your pre-workout snack 30 to 90 minutes before you exercise. This seems to deliver the best results. You should also consider enjoying a protein rich, low-carb snack between 30 and 90 minutes after your workout is over.)
1 – Turkey Wrap With Vegetables
Lettuce wraps! YUM. Stick to organic turkey whenever possible. Add vegetables and some coconut oil or avocado. This delivers plenty of healthy protein, just enough carbs, fiber rich vegetables and healthy fats for a perfect low carb, pre-workout snack. Save the second half of your turkey wrap for later in the day, or tomorrow’s workout.
2 – 2 Hard-Boiled Eggs
Choose eggs with no added hormones or antibiotics. A couple of hard-boiled eggs delivers plenty of healthy protein and a low carbohydrate count. Add a little guacamole for healthy fat.
3 – 4 to 6 Ounces of Grilled Chicken
Choose organic chicken breast. Sauté or stir fry in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Dice and eat with some asparagus.
4 – Chia Seed Pudding
Chia Seed Pudding makes the perfect low carb, pre-workout snack. You get healthy dietary fiber and a good amount of protein. This is also a recommended snack if you have a sensitive stomach.
5 – Salmon and Walnuts
This pre-workout snack qualifies as low in carbohydrates, and extremely high in healthy fats and protein. Make sure you limit the amount of walnuts or almonds you eat. Just 8 to 12 nuts is plenty, and complements the low carb salmon perfectly. Take your salmon steamed or grilled, and insist upon wild caught fish instead of farm raised.