What Is The Best Pre Workout Meal ? – 8 Foods That Make A Great Pre Workout Meal

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When it comes to getting the results you want from your training eating the right pre workout meal (a meal that is eaten 1-3 hours before your workout) can make a massive difference. See if you’re looking to perform and train at your best then you’ve got to make sure your body has enough fuel to do so. Failing to provide yourself with the right foods/nutrients may lead to a number of problems such as light headedness and fatigue, it will also increase the chances of you becoming ill or injured.

To make sure that you get a great workout in each and every time you train here are 8 of the best pre workout foods:



Oatmeal contains complex carbohydrates and are full of fibre, this means that the carbs will be gradually released into your bloodstream so that your energy levels are kept consistent during your workout.



Bananas may be the best fruit to eat before a workout because it’s a great source of natural sugars, potassium and simple carbohydrates. Potassium helps with maintaining your nerve and muscle function, but potassium is only stored in your body for a limited amount of time so try to eat a banana 1 hour before your workout to reap it’s full benefits.


Sweet Potato

Like oatmeal, sweet potatoes are another great source of complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre.

sweet potato

Brown Rice

Brown rice is a highly nutritious grain and a complex carbohydrate that should be eaten 2-3 hours before your workout.

brown rice


Whole Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein and amino acids. In fact eggs have the highest bioavailable proteins with a value of 100, the higher the biological value the easier your body uses that protein for muscle growth/repair.

whole eggs

Greek Yoghurt

Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, but it is very sour if you eat it without adding anything. So many people like to add honey and dried fruits to it to give it some sweetness/flavour.

greek yoghurt


Chicken is a very lean source of protein that is easily digested and it provides you with all the necessary amino acids to prevent muscle breakdown.

grilled chicken breast

Whey Protein Powder

If you have no time to cook and you’re in a hurry then protein shakes can help you get all the nutrients you need for a great workout in a matter of minutes.

onnit the dolce whey powder

You have probably realised that there is one macronutrient missing… fats !

Well the reason why you shouldn’t eat any foods high in fats before a workout is because fats are slowly digesting. This means that instead of making you feel energetic fats will make you feel very sluggish and heavy, which is definitely something too avoid if you want to get an effective workout in.

Hopefully you have a better idea of what too eat before your workout to get the best results and if you have anymore questions about pre workout meals then leave a comment down below.

8 thoughts on “What Is The Best Pre Workout Meal ? – 8 Foods That Make A Great Pre Workout Meal

  1. It’s a great article !

    I started to workout a couple of months ago and I was thinking of the right foods to eat before and after. I am currently doing my exercise in the morning before breakfast, but now I will choose one of the 8 foods you mentioned as a quick snack before my workout.

    Also I was thinking of dates, are they a good pre workout food ?

    1. Dates are great as a pre workout snack, but be mindful when eating them because they contain quite a lot of calories for a small amount of food.

  2. I am wondering about eating oatmeal before or after working out, would it help with cell regeneration after working out ?
    Also I am wondering about something that i have heard of recently regarding soaking oatmeal. Is this truly necessary ? before or after working out, do i need to be consuming oatmeal that was soaked overnight ? if so, why ? what aspect of the oatmeal needs to be soaked/ removed ?

    Thanks so much for all of the info.


    1. It is not necessary to soak oatmeal, but it does help with cell regeneration after working out.

      Hope that helps,


  3. Hi Andrew,

    Great article, I’ve found it very interesting !

    Thank you for this list, I wasn’t aware of all this 🙂 I work out 50 minutes every day on my walking machine and the last time I exercised, I ate brown rice as a pre-workout snack, around half an hour before. To be honest, I didn’t feel good after my work out. I should have waited at least 1 hour for the food to digest properly. Next time I will eat bananas, I love this fruit, and it fills you up.

    Thank you again for this excellent post,


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