One of the most important parts of training hard at the gym is nutrition. Without proper focus in this regard, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to hit your gym goals or you may take far longer to get where you want to be than you would do otherwise.
It’s important to make sure that you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to help you stay strong and on point on the gym floor, as well as protecting you against potential injuries and helping you to build muscle.
The old adage “don’t eat less, eat better” certainly rings true if you do want to really focus on training this year, so perhaps take a look at your plate and see if there’s any room for improvement if you feel as though you’ve plateaued a bit with progress.
In terms of snacks to take to the gym, the good news is that there are lots of tasty options available and it’s all just a matter of working out what you like and what you don’t.
Your choice of munchie will also largely depend on what your particular training goals are, so make sure you’ve done a bit of research and are selecting the best to help you achieve your fitness ambitions.
One of our favourite snacks to put in our sports backpacks is the not-so-humble banana. These fruits are great because they’re easy to chuck in your bag thanks to the fact that they come with their own packaging and they’re also rich in potassium and carbs, helping with exercise performance, energy and muscle growth.
Another delicious and easy-to-transport option for snacking is nuts. Almonds are a brilliant choice post-workout as a good source of iron, calcium, protein and vitamin E, helping you to recover after you’ve put yourself through your paces… but really, any kind of nut you like will yield similar results.
If you’re after something meaty, then one of our top recommendations has to be jerky. This is lean meat that’s been cut into strips and dried so it won’t spoil, which makes it perfect for keeping in your gym bag.
This is another excellent option if you’re looking for a protein hit after training and jerky will really help your muscles repair and rebuild themselves, bouncing back even stronger than before.
If you’re up for doing a bit of cooking, you’ll find a whole new world of gym snack opens up to you. Check out this Ambitious Kitchen blog on the topic, covering everything from peanut butter cup protein bars (which look delicious) to mustard spicy roasted chickpeas… something to suit every kind of palette out there.