By Jessica Lewandowski
Any exercise or workout can be taxing on the body, no matter what level you’re working at. It’s important to give your body nutrients before and after your workout, so your body doesn’t eat away at your muscles for energy. It’s always a good idea to have a light snack that is dense in quality nutrients before heading to the gym. Below are the best choices for those on a LC or Keto diet.
There are many nuts easily accessible at grocery stores that are low on carbs and high in healthy fats and protein. Generally, nuts make a great snack (especially before a workout) because they’re full of nutrition without filling your body temporarily with empty calories. There are many nuts that are also known for improving your body’s HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and reducing LDL cholesterol (the bad kind).
Which nuts should you be grabbing a handful of on your way to the gym while on a low carb diet? Brazil nuts and pecans both have only 4g of net carbs per 100g of munchies. These will be the healthiest option. Walnuts and peanuts are also good choices, at only 7g per 100g. Other popular nuts, like pistachios and almonds, start to tip the scale. While it’s okay to include a small amount of higher-carb nuts in your meals, they’re not the best choice eating a handful of.
The best part about a low carb diet is you can still eat addictive cheese! String cheese makes a great snack before a workout because it’s mainly composed of fats and protein and hardly any carbs. Eating one or two before you change into your gym shorts will provide you with slow burning energy that you can use throughout your workout.
When selecting string cheese at the grocery store, make sure to pick the whole milk brands. Check the ingredients list to make sure you’re picking 100% real cheese and not one of those sneaky brands that tricks you into thinking it’s all natural.
Eggs are a staple of any high protein diet. While frying up a couple eggs before a workout may not be convenient, preparing hard boiled eggs in advance makes an easy go-to snack you can pop in your mouth before you break a sweat!
At the beginning of the week, you can hard boil a dozen eggs for an easy snack. Beet-pickled eggs are also a delicious snack that takes hardly any time to prepare. If you’re just trying to add extra protein to an existing meal, slice up a cooked egg over your afternoon salad. Just make sure you chew a piece of minty, sugar-free gum before you chat up your friends at the gym!
There are many great snack recipes you can find on CarbManager, from easy to more complex and flavorful options, that will be friendly to your ketogenic diet and any low carb lifestyle. Always make sure to stay hydrated during your workout and refuel when you’re done!
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