Sports Nutrition and Exercise Foods
Your Workout Menu Plan
Fuel Your Body for Max Results
Sports drink (like Gatorade)
Bowl of cereal
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Cup of coffee
When to have it: You can eat this an hour before a workout if you’re eating it by itself, says DelloIacono-Thies. It’s easy on the stomach and has some of those all-important carbs.
Your workout: Light to moderate activity
Because this is a light snack—it has just about 90 calories—your workout doesn’t have to be too tough to justify eating a banana. “Eat one before working out with a trainer or spending less than an hour working out,” says DelloIacono-Thies.
Ever see bananas handed out at races? She says a banana is fine to eat during a marathon or half-marathon as long as you know how your body will respond to it. Warning: There is a chance a banana could give you stomach cramps because it is primarily fruit sugar, which can sometimes cause a stomachache.
“The myth is that potassium keeps you from cramping, but sometimes the fruit sugar can cause that in the first place,” says DelloIacono-Thies.