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Health Nut Q&A: Workout Snacks

Our Health Nut and Registered Dietitian, Molly Morgan, answers our customers’ most pressing health and nutrition questions!

If you’d like Molly to answer one of your questions in a future blog post, please email your question to health@nuts.com. If we feature your question in The Nutty Scoop, we will also send you a pound of your favorite Nuts.com product.

 

I’m curious about how to best combine nuts and fruits before, during, and after workouts. I bike regularly and try to eat for energy and performance, so I wonder about the most effective use of nuts and fruits, as well as their nutritional benefits. – Larry

Choosing foods with the right nutrient mix before, during, and after workouts will definitely boost performance for bikers and other athletes.

30-45 minutes before an exercise session, it’s best to choose foods that offer quick-digesting carbohydrates and that are low fat. Carbohydrates will help fuel high intensity exercise as they’re burned up. Foods higher in fat content will slow down digestion and are not going to provide usable fuel for your workout unless you are planning a long session (2 hours or more). Try these ideas:

During the exercise session, the length of your session will how much and what types of fuel you’ll need.  If you exercise for less than one hour, just focus on staying well hydrated. When your workout is longer than one hour, quick-to-digest carbohydrates will help maximize your performance.  During every hour of exercise, your body burns about 30-60 grams of carbohydrates (or more), so plan on having some carbohydrates with you to power through your workout.  These packable options deliver
between 30 and 60 grams of carbs:

  • Jumbo Golden Raisins or Raisin Medley.  1.4 ounces (about a handful) of either variety contains about 31 grams of carbohydrates.
  • Tropical Fruit Salad.  1.4 ounces (about a handful) have 40 grams of carbohydrates.
  • Healthy Trail Mix.  This mix of raisins, nuts and seeds has 19 grams of carbohydrates in about 1 ounce.  The trail mix is a great option if you are also enjoying a carbohydrate sports beverage during your workout.

After an exercise session, check out some refueling snacks with the optimal mix of protein and carbohydrates from my recent Q & A “Great Post-Workout Snacks.”  You can also consider one of these snacks with a great mix of carbohydrates and protein:

One Response to “Health Nut Q&A: Workout Snacks”

  1. Larry

    Thanks Molly for the nuts and for the wonderful and “fruitful” wealth of information about eating well for exercising.
    As soon at the heat subsides here (Sonora , CA….100 ++ the past 2 weeks…yuk)….I will be checking out the combinations you suggest.

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