19 June 2018
We asked Mindful Chef, the best meals to eat pre-barre workout to ensure you stay energised throughout and after class. They've shared with us the most beneficial, and delicious, things to eat whether you're working out in the morning, midday or evening.
Ever wondered what you should be eating before a barre workout, or any similar class for that matter? We’ve rounded up the best foods you should be reaching for, to carry you through your workout and help you perform at your best.
LIKE TO WORKOUT IN THE MORNING?
We advise having a quick, small snack about an hour before a morning class. A handful of almonds or cashews is perfect for this; they’re a great source of protein and healthy fats, which will provide you with sustained energy. Alternatively, a banana is an excellent source of carbohydrates, your body’s preferred fuel source, and so will provide you with the energy you need to keep you going. Pre-workout nutrition is just as important as post-workout nutrition, so don’t be tempted to workout on an empty stomach, as it’s likely you won’t be able to keep up the intensity.
WORKING OUT AT LUNCH?
If you’ve scheduled a Barrecore class for lunchtime, ensure you’ve eaten a proper breakfast that morning, with a balance of protein, fats and carbs to keep your blood sugar and energy levels stable. We suggest our Mexican breakfast, or if you’re pushed for time opt for a bowl of overnight oats. The complex carbohydrates and protein will keep you fuller for longer and give you the energy you need, whilst also helping to support muscle recovery. Make sure you also keep well hydrated throughout the morning prior to your class.
EXERCISING IN THE EVENING?
Whilst it might be tempting to grab a quick sandwich on your lunch break, if you’re planning to exercise in the evening, it’s so important to ensure that you’ve eaten a balanced meal earlier in the day.
At Mindful Chef we never include any refined carbohydrates in our recipes, as they cause a spike in your blood sugar (and a dip in your energy levels). Instead we suggest including a complex carbohydrate in your pre-workout meal such as sweet potato, brown rice or quinoa. A healthy fat, like avocado, nuts or coconut, as they’re also an excellent source of energy. And finally, a source of high quality protein like grilled chicken, eggs or beans, to keep you full along with some nutritious vegetables to give your body all the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) you need.
Try this delicious roasted pear, walnut, avocado and buckwheat recipe for lunch before your next evening barre class.