Bananas, quite possibly the best pre workout snack?

Monday, January 21, 2013 • LEOMINSTER, MA 01453-3262

I am often asked what the best pre workout snack is. There is no perfect pre snack but there are some better than others.   

 
Some key factors have remained in choosing a proper pre workout snack. 
  1. It should be light, 150-250 calories depending on the individual.
  2. It must assimilate quickly, foods that are softer or in there liquid state assimilate quicker than foods that chewy and tougher for the body to process.
  3. Potassium is necessary to prevent cramping and fatigue.
  4. Should be taken about an hour before training so it should be easy to fix and take with you.
The banana fits all of these criteria, it comes in a little short as far as calories are concerned.  The average banana has around 100 calories.  Add a tablespoon of peanut butter and viola an awesome pre workout snack.
 
Banana Nutrition:
 
Bananas are very rich in potassium. A medium banana can contain 400–600 milligrams of it. A fruit this size also has 2 grams of protein and 4 g of fiber, is very low in calories and fat, and provides an enormous array of vitamins and minerals.
 
Banana Health Benefits:
  • Bananas can help treat anemia
  • lower blood pressure
  • help resolve bowel issues and constipation
  • increase brain power and energy levels
  • help fight depression
  • soothe heartburn
  • replenish the body during hangovers
  • prevent morning sickness
  • soothe mosquito bites
  • calm nerves
  • help with mood disorders such as premenstrual syndrome and S.A.D
  • decrease stress
Source: 
website: ideafit.com
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by Jessica Cline