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Best Pre-Workout Foods for Women

It can be a challenge to get a start on your new years resolution to lose weight. But the first and most important step is to eat the right foods to help lose weight and give you energy to get through your workouts.

There are vital foods to indulge in before your workout that will give you the energy and stamina to push through. Read more to find out what foods to include in your pre-workout to get the most out of exercising.


The best workout food is the kind that takes the least amount of preparation. Whole grain bagels are a great choice for a pre-workout snack. They are loaded with carbs that aide in an effective energy source that lasts throughout your entire workout.


Potassium is an important source of nutrition for a number of reasons. Potassium helps with absorbing fluids and replacing sweat loss. Bananas are packed with potassium, and are also loaded with carbs that can help bring more energy to your workout.


Antioxidants are the key to help protect your muscles from the damage that exercise may cause. Choose from blueberries, raspberries or blackberries to snack on before your workout and throughout the day.


If you want to get the most of your workout, whether it be cardio or strength training, indulging in carrots is a great idea! Carrots are a great source of complex carbs, which help with not only providing energy but also potassium that in turn helps control both your blood pressure and your muscle contractions.

Whole-Grain Cereal

A two-for-one deal, eating whole-grain cereal with low-fat meal gives you a pre-workout meal packed with calcium, carbs and protein. About an hour before your workout, eat 3/4 cups of a whole-grain cereal with 4 ounces of low-fat/fat-free milk.

Dark Meat

Both zinc and Iron are a necessity for women when it comes to energy! Two great dark meats that offer both of these are chicken thighs and turkey drumsticks. They are both lower in fat in comparison to red meat but still give you all the great nutrients.

Chocolate Milk

Who can’t resist milk when there is chocolate involved?! Chocolate milk is loaded with necessary nutrients that will give you that extra energy boost needed for your workout! Calcium, vitamins, minerals and protein are all things that will give you energy and stamina to stay strong during your workout.

Low-Fat Cottage Cheese

If you are looking for a quick snack before a workout, low-fat cottage cheese is the answer. Packed with 14g of protein for every half-cup serving, it is a great way to get your energy for that early morning workout, along with 75 milligrams of calcium and 5 grams of carbs (per half-cup serving.) 

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