Dietitian’s Pick: Pairing Pre Workout Supplements with Food

Dietitian’s Pick: Pairing Pre Workout Supplements with Food

Apr 19, 2022Alea Fite, MS RD LD

It is well known that regular physical activity is an important part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. It is important to think about how we really find that balance between our exercise and what we eat. Some people may follow the myth that if you exercise, then you can eat anything you want. This idea can actually be counterproductive and keep you from reaching your health goals. However, if you match your nutrient intake with your exercise, you can get more out of your workouts, allowing you to reach and even maintain your health and wellness goals.

The WholeLotta Good dietitians are here to help you better fuel your next workout. The type of workout that you are doing can dictate the food and supplements that you should be consuming. No matter your type of exercises of choice, going into it properly fueled is the best way to get the most out of your workout. This helps you avoid injuries by making sure you have the energy and strength to keep good technique. Below are some ideas of good supplement and food pairings that you could try for your next workout. However, it is always a good idea to consult your dietitian or physician before starting a new vitamin regimen.

For endurance or other cardio-based workouts: These types of activities often require higher energy stores, so pairing your supplements with a food item that contains good carbohydrates and a little protein can be beneficial.

  • Supplements to consider: Caffeine, beta-alanine, antioxidants, carbohydrate gels/drinks, electrolytes.
  • Food ideas to pair with your supplements:
    • Yogurt and berries
    • Smoothie
    • Peanut butter and jam sandwich on whole-grain bread
    • Apple slices and peanut butter

Strength-based sports: Sports like weight lifting, while they still require energy stores, are also based on increasing muscle strength. This can require different supplementation and then pairing those supplements with adequate protein and healthy fat intake, as well as some carbohydrates.

  • Supplements to consider: Creatine, protein powder, essential amino acids, vitamin D
  • Food ideas to pair with your supplements:
    • Protein shake
    • Hardboiled eggs
    • Trail mix or mixed nuts
    • Turkey and cheese sandwich

No matter your sport or exercise activity of choice, what you put in your body can have a major impact on your overall success. It is also important to note that it is not just about what you consume the day of, but more importantly, what you consume day in and day out. Looking at your nutrition in the long-term as well as what you are doing on a daily basis can better help you reach your health and wellness goals. In addition, for extra guidance on how you should be fueling your body, you can always reach out to our Hy-Vee Dietitian team.

*The blog articles, recipes and recommendations found on this site are not intended as medical advice and should not replace consulting with your medical provider. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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