If I eat 1 package of sugar-free instant oatmeal with 16 blueberries for breakfast at 6 am, is it okay to eat 8 whole wheat crackers and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter an hour before I work out with my trainer at 10 am?
Yes! The early morning meal restores glycogen and primes blood sugar, while the pre-workout snack would help maintain a constant fuel supply. However, together they may provide less than 500 calories to sustain you for 5 hours (6 a.m. – 11 a.m.) which may not be enough to really push through a tough workout. I’d recommend a post-workout snack such as a yogurt cup, hard cooked egg with pretzels, or hummus with pita and carrots unless you’re going straight for an early lunch. Good options would be vegetarian chili, a turkey sandwich or salad niçoise (greens, tuna, potato and string beans).
– Debbie J., MS, RD
This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.
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