The big question for a lot of people is what should I eat before and after I workout? Should I workout on an empty stomach?
To answer this question: Your pre-workout snack should be something small (nobody likes working out on a full stomach) but packed with carbohydrates to fuel your body through the workout. One of the best things you can eat before a workout is a banana, not only do they contain carbohydrates but they also contain potassium which is beneficial in preventing muscle cramps during your workout.
If you are looking for more of a full meal before a workout, try some oatmeal or brown rice paired with some fruits or veggies. Most will contain vitamin C along with electrolytes, which may aid in the prevention of cramps as well as keeping you hydrated (along with plenty of water) throughout your workout. If you eat a bigger meal, try to eat 30-45 minutes before your actual workout. You want the food to have time to be digested so it will actually be used as fuel for your body to carry you through your tough workout.
Post workout snacks are very important! Your body needs to rebuild and repair itself after your workout and the only way to do that properly is through eating the right foods. The two most important factors in a post workout meal are protein and carbohydrates. These are essential for the repair of muscles and the replenishment of energy stores within your muscles.
One of our favorite post workout snacks is some Greek yogurt with granola or oats. Another great post workout snack would be a smoothie with some Greek yogurt (protein) and lots of fruits and veggies. Liquid digests more quickly in your body than solids do, therefore it is beneficial to stick to a smoothie or something of similar consistency (yogurt, etc.) immediately after a workout to ensure your body can properly repair and refuel.
The faster you can consume your post workout meal, the better. Be sure you have it prepared ahead of time so you can grab it quickly and give your body the fuel it needs!