Your body requires a lot of energy for a workout, and exercise can leave you feeling hungrier than usual. It’s important to understand what to eat and drink pre- and post-workout to keep your body feeling its best. It’s easy to overindulge on foods that offer little nutritional value. That’s because most bad-for-you foods are filled with empty sugar and simple carbs that don’t fill you up or help your body. But before and after exercise, it’s important to get the right amount of the right nutrients. Breakfast and lunch choices high in protein and fiber will fill you up fast and give your body what it needs.
Protein Protein is great for your muscles both before and after a workout. Aim for small meals, snacks, or drinks packed with protein before your workout for optimal muscle health. Typical breakfast staples like eggs, granola, yogurt, and oatmeal are good sources. After a workout, try more filling protein options like beans, cheese, and nuts. If you’re out, head to a La Costa restaurant for a protein-packed sandwich or omelet.
Carbohydrates Carbs are essential for energy before, during, and after a workout. Combine your high-protein pre-workout meal with foods that contain both simple and complex carbs. This combination means you’ll have fuel for your exercise routine from beginning to end. After working out, carbohydrates are the most essential nutrient your body needs. For the best replenishment, try whole grain bread products or fresh/dried fruits paired with a good source of protein. Pick up a whole wheat turkey sandwich or veggie omelet with toast from your favorite Carlsbad breakfast and lunch spot if you’re on the go.
If you need healthy pre- and post-exercise nutrition but don’t have time to cook at home, stop by La Costa’s favorite spot for healthy breakfast and lunch, The Broken Yolk Café. Our Carlsbad restaurant menu is packed with great options like lean omelets, oatmeal with walnuts, fresh fruit, and a variety of sandwiches served on wheat bread. Learn more about healthy eating at our Carlsbad-area restaurant by calling (760) 943-8182.