14 Snacks Great for Before & After Exercising

Snacks are essential before work out sessions or soccer practices because they give your body the energy it needs. Working out on an empty stomach can cause muscle loss so it is smart to grab a snack 30 to 60 minutes before exercising. The right snacks can provide your body with protein to help build muscles and with carbs for quick energy. 

Snacks are not just important before exercising, they are also great to eat after working out. Eating a snack within 30 minutes to an hour after exercising can help to restore energy and rebuild muscles. Check out the list below of some of our favorite pre and post workout snacks that will help your body get the most out of its workout. 

5 Foods for Soccer Players to Incorporate into Their Daily Diets

We are often tempted by unhealthy food everywhere we turn, however eating healthy can easily be simple and delicious. Athletes of all sports need to pack their meals with foods high in protein and vitamins so they can perform at their best. We have complied our favorite 5 nutritious foods for athletes that we believe anyone of any age will enjoy. These foods are great as snacks or to use as ingredients for breakfast, lunch, or dinner:

1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a great option for breakfast and can be tossed into a smoothie or shake for a delicious lunch. Oatmeal is high in fiber content and protein, which keeps energy flowing through your body so you can continue to run for those 90 minute soccer games.  Oatmeal also provides your body with minerals and antioxidants. 

2. Bananas

Bananas are a power fruit because of their natural source of electrolytes and potassium. Bananas are great for post-games or practices because the potassium helps prevent muscle cramps. The next time you need a quick snack while you are on the way to a big game, make sure to grab a banana! 

3. Eggs

Good news, you can eat the yolk too! If you are a fan of over easy eggs like we are, you are in luck. Egg yolks are nutrient-dense and contain vital vitamins and nutrients. Eggs are excellent for an athlete’s diet because of the high amount of protein.

4. Sweet Potatoes

As an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, sweet potatoes can make the perfect lunch or dinner for athletes. Like bananas, sweet potatoes are a powerful post-workout food because they contain potassium.

5. Walnuts

Nuts are a huge staple in an athlete’s diet since they provide protein and healthy fats. Nuts can also help balance out the amount of carbs that you consume because the protein helps sustain carbs over a longer period of time to help increase your energy and endurance. In addition, they contain anti-inflammatory nutrients that are vital for bone health. With all these reasons, it is a no brainer for athletes to eat walnuts as a pre-game snack. 

Have any delicious recipes that use these ingredients? We are always looking for new ideas to share with our fellow athletes and would love to share your recipes or snacks. Send in your recipes and pictures to CrossBonesSports@gmail.com.

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