10 Snacks for a Better Workout

In one week, I will be running my first half-marathon. I am getting excited for the big race. Slowly, but surely over the past few months, I have been logging miles both outside and at the gym training for the event. I run two to three times a week depending on my husband’s schedule as he has to watch the kiddos while I get a little dose of freedom…I mean a workout in 🙂 

Since I don’t have hours on end for running these days, I really try to make my runs count and maximize the time I do get to run whether it be practicing hills or improving my speed. I try to eat smart prior to a run which means having a snack that is both a good source of complex carbohydrates as well as packed with protein. After a run (or a strength training session at the gym), I make sure to prepare an easy, quick snack as I am usually quite hungry afterwards. So whether your passion is mountain biking, walking or Zumba, here are 10 recipes to help you make the most of your workouts!

5 Pre-Workout Snacks

By the way, if you have ever wanted to run a half-marathon, YOU can do it! My best friend motivated me to run my first race in 7 years this past Thanksgiving which was a 5K. Since then I have slowly been running more miles each week, adding in an extra mile or two per week. If you are interested in the 3 month half-marathon training schedule, I created for myself, feel free to email me at glutenfreepantryblog@gmail.com. 

I will be sharing my Top 10 Favorite Fitness Foods with you soon 🙂

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  1. Great post! I wish I like running, I really, really do, but for some reason I find it boring. I move as fast as I can so I can get it over with. I like your post, great snacks!!

  2. good luck with the half marathon, Laura! I am doing my first 5k tomorrow! I can't wait to try some of these other recipes! I may break down and buy some dates this weekend and give them a try again for cooking/baking. I have horrid memories having to eat them as a youngster and just can't bring myself to cook with them.

    those cookies look delicious!


  3. yay! Which half are you doing?? I'm running one next weekend also, but it's not my first. And i definitely agree with what you said about halfs…I REALLY think that anyone can run one!

    These are some great snack ideas…I definitely need to try some of them!

  4. Hi There Laura,

    This is such a great, motivating post! I'm so proud of you. You GO girl! I can't wait to hear about your 1/2 marathon. What a wonderful goal. Your post here is extremely helpful and full of some great recipes for anyone looking for quick, easy, and health-full snacks.

    I'm going to forward this post to my husband. He has done a few 1/2 marathons, but fell off the running wagon (so to speak). He wants to get going again, but it's often hard to start up after a long break (and to find the time). I will entice him with some of your yummy recipes here! 🙂


  5. The trick for me is some good music on my ipod for a long run–especially if the sun is not out! I am running the Moab Half-Marathon. I feel like if anything is going to motivate me, it will be running in beautiful Canyonlands!

    Maureen, I hope you had a fabulous race yesterday!

    That is so awesome that your husband used to run races Amber. My hubby doesn't like running–unless it is in the form of soccer or volleyball and then he'll run all day!

  6. THey look so good. Isn't it nice that healthy is tasty?

    Thanks for your kind words on my blog. I appreciate the caring of the Foodie community or should I say the Blogging community?

  7. Those look great! I'm definitely going to try the chocolate shake. 🙂
    Good luck on your half marathon! I'm hoping to run a 5k at the end of this month. I really don't know if I have it in me to run a half marathon though!

  8. Good luck on the half marathon. I needed the encouragement. I will be trying to do one next year in June.

  9. Good luck in your marathon. I am excited to share these recipes with my oldest son. He has been getting lost of bad (for him) food advice from the personal trainers at the gym. I have been making a concerted effort to have good pre and post workout food on hand for him.

  10. Great Post- I am contemplating doing a half marathon this summer, too. I just got back into running about a month ago. Happy to have some great recipes to help me eat better along the way!

  11. Wonderful information! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  12. Good luck with the half marathon. That is something to be so proud of! And all the recipes look yummy. Not sure where to start!

  13. Good luck with your first half marathon! I'm cheering for you!

  14. I'm here through "Frugally Sustainable". Great post! I'm going to have to try all of these!

  15. Great round up of work out snacks. My husband will love these and all the smoothies will have him swooning. Good luck on your race and thanks for being part of Whole Food Wednesdays.


  16. Good Luck on your marathon.This is a very informative post.Thanks for sharing with Midweek Fiesta…

  17. Yum! Thanks for sharing these. 🙂

  18. Thanks for the great recipes! I ran my first half last May, and after that, I was hooked! I soon ran another one last September, and now I'm going to run another one this May. When you run that race, you're going to feel so good, and after that it's all downhill from there! I hope you have fun and do great! Best wishes,


  19. Thanks for sharing these. My husband is military and you never know what he'll come in from doing (the other week was a 12 mile road march). Filing these for ideas!

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food at Momtrends.com!

  20. What wonderful snack ideas for runners! Good luck on your half-marathon, Laura!

  21. Great list! Thanks for sharing at Healthy 2Day Wednesday; come back tomorrow and see if you were featured!

  22. Awesome recipes. I really likes Green Chia Smoothie and will definitely try it next time before going to the gym!


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