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What to eat before moving

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Eating well before an exercise session can maximize benefits. Here are some pre-workout snacks offered by the readers of Plaisirs Santé.

Yogurt and muesli

” I have a small bowl of lean yogurt with fresh berries, muesli and a mix of nuts and raisins. It keeps me in the stomach all through my session. 


Apple and cheese

” I cut a three-part Granny Smith apple, each of which I serve with a slice of old cheddar cheese. It’s a perfect blend of salty and sweet flavors, besides offering a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat. It’s very satisfying . ”


Cottage cheese

” Before training, I take a bowl of lean cottage with chopped walnuts and banana, a pinch of ground flaxseed and a little honey. It’s my healthy version of the ice cream cup. 


” I’m using a small bowl of lean cottage garnished with unsalted sunflower seeds. It’s both creamy and crispy. 


Peanut Butter

” I take an apple with peanut butter or a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and a half-banana topping. 

” I eat a slice of whole wheat spread with natural peanut butter, or a handful of almonds. Before training, I try to take healthy foods that are not too heavy to digest. 


” On weeknights, I regularly run around 6 pm with other people. So I’m having a snack at the office around 4:30 pm. What I like the most and that seems the most effective is a sandwich torpedo peanut butter and banana, that is to say a tortilla covered with peanut butter and wrapping a banana. It’s easy to prepare in the morning, you can bring it to work or anywhere else, and it’s delicious and satisfying. 



” I’m taking a banana, a handful of raw almonds and water. 


Larabars bars

” These bars are my definitive snack both before and after training. I just wrote something about them on my own blog . ”

-Marie Helena

Mix of dried fruits

” I make my own mix with pine nuts, almonds, nuts and raisins, plus a few slices of carrot, celery and orange. 


Glass of milk

” I usually take a handful of almonds and a banana that I pass with a glass of milk or a yogurt smoothie. I love the new Astro smoothies presented in small containers. They allow me to start the day well . ”


Melon and other fruits

” On Tuesdays and Thursdays I attend intensive martial arts and self-defense classes combined with circuit training. I can not eat anything just before class, but an hour before I take a bowl of watermelon, honeydew honeydew melon, embroidered melon and grapes: these fruits rich in natural sugars provide energy and lots of liquids, without being heavy on the stomach during training. 



” I realized that to avoid the point of side, I had to eat a few hours before my training. I take Kashi’s GoLean cereal with blueberries and skim milk, followed by a spoonful of pure peanut butter with no added sugar. 


Cereal bar

” For me, the most effective thing is a banana and a cereal bar and, when I have some, some almonds. Previously, I had a piece of cheese or fruit with yogurt, but I became lactose intolerant . ”



” I play golf every Tuesday night in a women’s line. After work, I have to rush home to grab a bite and leave immediately. I do not have time to have a real meal. I make a smoothie with a mix of frozen fruits, yogurt, honey, mango juice or any other juice I have on hand; I also eat some chocolate chip cookies and flaxseeds that I get at the grocery store in my neighborhood and are my favorites. This snack gives me the energy I need for my round of golf without weighing down my stomach. 



” I run four times a week and what I prefer before I get on the road is a fuji apple cut in pieces that I eat with peanut butter. I get peanut protein and carbohydrates from the apple. Plus, I always take a cup of coffee to get that little extra stimulant I need. 


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