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Best Pre-Workout Snacks – Energy for Bodybuilding!

The Pre-Workout Snack - Fuel For Your Workout!


Nutrition, Timing & Importance

Many gym-goers are still victim to the myth and broscience that if you want to get shredded or build mass you need to be consuming a meal every 2 - 3 hours.
This has been proven to be absolutely false, as the extremely minor increase in your metabolic rate from doing so isn't actually enough to induce any further fat loss etc.

Pre-workout nutrition is the real deal though, by strategically eating prior to your weightlifting workout you can optimize your performance.

Eating a small meal containing protein and carbohydrates between 30 - 60 minutes prior to your workout will give you the boost I'm talking about (eating fats pre-workout have no proven enhancement on performance, they will instead leave you filling full and sluggish due to the rate at which they're digested).

The Best Pre-Workout Snacks (Try These!)

best pre workout snack

Proats (protein Oats)

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder

Mix together with water and consume.

Want more proats recipes? Check out my full recipe post here.

Energy Rice Cakes

  • 2 wholemeal rice cakes
  • Peanut butter or Nutella spread

Spread the condiment of your choice on the rice cakes and consume.

Pre-Workout Yoghurt

  • 1/2 cup low fat Greek yoghurt
  • Small handful of blueberries/raspberries
See also
My Quick 'N' Easy High Calorie Bulking Breakfast

Mix berries in with your low fat yoghurt and consume.

Protein Power Smoothie

  • 1 scoop whey protein
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 banana or handful of assorted berries

Place all ingredients in a blender and process for 20 seconds.

Home Made Pre-Workout Drinks

hyphy mud ingredients

Hyphy Mud

  • 2 heaped teaspoons instant coffee
  • 200mls of dark soda (Pepsi or Coca Cola)

Combine and drink as fast as you can, this stuff kicks in quick.
You You can read more about there here.

DIY Pre-Workout Supplement

  • 200 - 350mg of caffeine
  • 5g beta alanine
  • 5g creatine
  • 8g citrulline malate

Combine and enjoy, feel free to add calorie free flavouring to taste.
You can read more about this here.

Honey Coffee

  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • Hot water
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Mix and enjoy!.

Nutrient Profile Of Your Pre-Workout Meal

The above are my favourite pre-workout snacks as I find my body responds the best to them in terms of energy/endurance during my workout which shortly follows.

A pre-workout meal should contain roughly 30 grams of protein and 30 grams of carbohydrates, give or take a bit of each.

Your pre-workout meal should be quite light and low in calories, a meal containing 30 grams of carbohydrates and 30 grams of protein as stated above will contain 240 calories (as 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of carbs each contains 4 calories).

See also
What is Flexible Dieting?

In terms of carbohydrates in your pre-workout meal different people respond differently to simple carbohydrates (sugars) and complex carbohydrates (oats etc.) experiment with these and find out what works best for you!

What's Your Go-To Pre-Workout Snack? Let Me Know In The Comments Below!

Scott J.
Scott J.
I’m SJ. I’m a fitness enthusiast and published author. I transformed my body from a skinny fat 135lbs with 18% body fat to a solid 192lbs at 8% body fat. I became qualified in a field I was passionate about. I founded several online businesses that allow me to pursue ideas and projects in my life that I am passionate about without having to constantly worry about money. I published several eBooks explaining the training and dieting techniques I used to achieve the body I have today. I learnt a plethora of new information on dieting and fitness by reading and applying what I read, to find out what does work and what doesn’t work, because as I’m sure you’ve noticed the health and fitness industry is full of non-sense claims and BS. I found out what was true and what worked for me and applied that knowledge. And you bet I had fun during the whole process.

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