Photographer Rita Maas / Styling: Michele Michael

Keep energy high before, during, and after your workout with these essential ingredients.

August 14, 2008

Choosing the right foods is essential to keeping your energyhigh before, during, and after your workout. The right meals andsnacks will keep you fueled so that you can get more out of yourworkout―and your day.

The good news is, you probably already have the makings ofhigh-energy meals and snacks in your cupboard. Remember to stayhydrated, and follow these tips on what to eat and when.

Before you exercise:

  • 1/2 bagel with 2 tablespoons peanut butter and 1 cup milk
  • Tuna sandwich on multigrain bread with lettuce and tomato
  • Banana and low-fat yogurt

During your workout (longer than 1hour):

  • Banana
  • Dried fruit
  • Fig Newtons
  • Jelly beans
  • Pretzels
  • Sports drink or energy gel

Recovering after exercise:

  • Turkey sandwich on pita bread
  • Low-fat yogurt and granola
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich

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