If you’re looking for an “energy food” before your gym session or bike ride — but you want to bypass the processed, packaged stuff — do a double-take and peek in your kitchen. A well-stocked pantry filled with real foods is chockablock full of energizing snacks ready to be packed into your pocket. Bananas, almond butter, crackers, nuts, dried fruits and quick sandwiches can all be packed up and taken with you.
Because they aren’t packaged, they don’t contain any preservatives or additives that your body can’t recognize as fuel. Here are the five axioms for a delicious, nutritious and quick boost to your performance, which will fill your belly naturally.
1. FRESH FRUIT
Instead of reaching for sugary blocks of “energy,” consider apples, grapes, bananas and oranges. Depending on your activity, any one of these fast fruits makes an excellent energy snack. Slice apples and stick them in your jersey pocket for a filling snack on the bike. Chilled grapes are little nibbles of freshness on a hot day. Bananas packed with almond butter make a nutrient-dense snack suitable for any time and place and oranges are a juicy way to rehydrate and fuel.
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