Who needs sports drinks and nutrition bars – when these delicious snacks can fuel your body just as effectively? (Now you’ve no excuse not to exercise.)
1. Peanut butter and jam
Protein, carbs and sugar in a very tasty package. Make sure the bread is white (yes, white isn’t always bad) for quicker energy release.
2. Snickers (or Mars)
The chocolate bar is enough to fuel an hour’s exercise. When chomped down 30 minutes before your workout, it delivers 60g of energy-boosting carbs, say experts. This yummy snack alone should be enough motivation for you to put in another round at the track.
3. Jelly beans
Hit a sweet spot during your endurance run with this multi-hued candy. Nutritional experts say that half a pack 25 minutes before a 10K run or cycle can cut 28 seconds off your race time. Victory doesn’t get any sweeter.
4. Chocolate milk
This protein and carb blend aids post-workout recovery – and even allows you to perform up to 23 per cent better the next day. Now, drink up!
5. Fig rolls
Each roll has a unique combination of rapid release sugars and slow-release carbs. Which means you get a quick boost, followed by sustained release of energy. Get a pack from the supermarket.
6. Jam sandwich
Munch on a jam sandwich 15 minutes before exercise – you’ll be getting enough sugar to fuel a 90-minute session.
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