5 Instant Impact Pre-Workout Snacks

Comp_Nut_Now_products_page_coverPre-workout snacks are essential for getting an added boost of energy. Because carbs are absorbed and digested faster than fats and proteins, they provide an instant impact and are ideal for pre-workout snacks. Pre-workout snacks should have about 60 grams of carbs.  This is because carbs are the main source of energy to fuel shor-term anaerobic activities such as weight lifting and for prolonged intense aerobic exercise such as cycling, swimming, running, hiking, rowing, or cross-country skiing.

Here’s 5 of my favorites that are fast and easy.  Consuming any of these snacks about 30-60 minutes before exercise will have supportive effects to your training or competition.

2011_11_Dave_apple_white_BK1. 2 cups of applesauce

2. 2 cups of canned fruit

3. 2 cups of cooked oatmeal

4. 1 large banana

5.  2-3 cups of dry, unsweetened cereal


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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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