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Between bars, packaged snacks and sports products, most of the pre-workout snacks on store shelves are processed junk. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from working with athletes and active, fit moms, it’s that many of you care deeply about the type of food you put into your body. You want only the best, most premium fuel to power your bodies and reach your highest potential. Yet, choosing a pre-workout snack is always a struggle between health and convenience. Luckily, there are plenty of pre-workout snack options that will suit all of your needs and help you feel and achieve your best. In honor of National Orange Juice Day, I’m sharing my top 5 picks for pre-workout snacks, including multiple ways to use your favorite breakfast beverage to fuel any sport!
100% Orange Juice
Orange juice is synonymous with breakfast, but it’s time to change that categorization! A refreshing glass of Florida orange juice can fit into any part of your day, and it has basically everything your body needs to power through a workout. During endurance activity, the body uses quick acting carbs, like the ones found in fruit, as fuel. Since a glass of 100% orange juice is made from just oranges (and no added sugar), it’s got exactly what your body needs to get the job done. Plus, a glass of 100% OJ provides plenty of potassium, an important electrolyte that aids in hydration. So if you’re in a real hurry and don’t even have time to chew, opt for an 8-ounce glass of Florida OJ!
Frozen Orange Banana Cubes
The only thing better than a glass of 100% OJ are revitalizing frozen orange banana cubes. Make these delectable treats by blending ½ a banana and 1 cup of 100% orange juice, place the liquid in an ice cube tray and wait for it to freeze. Eat them whole or drop them in some water or seltzer. The combo of orange juice and banana offers a ton of easily digestible carbs and potassium, and they are won’t fill you up or weight you down! They especially make a really great treat before a sweaty outdoor summer workout.
Have a tougher workout on the docket? Granola is perfect for longer workouts, like a long bike ride, laps in the pool or a longer training run. Because the oats take a bit longer to digest than fruit, they provide long lasting energy. Many granolas on the market are loaded with sugar and additives, so why not try making your own? Try my homemade Pumpkin Pie variety for a warm and cozy taste or this Tropical Granola for a more summery vibe.
Dates with a dash of salt
These chewy, sweet bite-sized fruits are not only easy to carry but provide quick acting fuel. If you’re able to do a little meal prepping, add these Chocolate Almond Bites to your weekly menu. But if you’re short on time, dates with a dash of sea salt will do the trick. The salt balances out the sweet flavor of the dates and replaces sodium lost in sweat. Remember–the electrolytes sodium and potassium are a vital part of staying hydrated.
Homemade Orange Sports Drink
When I first started running marathons, I knew that I needed to use a sports drink while running, but I couldn’t find one that I liked. With a little experimentation, I came up with my own recipe, and holy cow–it’s so simple and tasty! [Watch my video tutorial on how to make a homemade sports drink]. All you need are the 3 standard sports drink ingredients–fluid, electrolytes and carbs. For an orange juice rehydration drink, combine 4 ounces of 100% OJ with 8 ounces of coconut water and a pinch of salt. It’s as simple as that! This pre-workout snack won’t overload your belly with tons of food, but it will give you all the energy you need to reach your best.