What you put into your body before you hit the gym can make or break your workout. It can also make or break your post-workout recovery. Here’s a list of our favourite pre-workout snacks and why they are awesome:

#1.Green Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie

Healthy Green Apple Cinnamon Pre Workout Protein Smoothie

Our original Green Apple Cinnamon Smoothie recipe is delicious but lacking a few key components to be a super awesome workout snack. So here’s our revised version to power you through a workout:


  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds

This makes a great workout snack 30 to 60 minutes before a workout because it is liquid and won’t take as much effort to digest. It also has a good dose of protein (good for muscle building), carbs (good for energy) and healthy fats. Add this original recipe to your meal plan!

#2. Banana

Bananas are nature’s power bar! Pre-workout snacks don’t have to be complicated. A simple banana makes a great pre-workout snack because it is loaded with carbs and potassium. We added a simple Banana & Almond Butter recipe to That Clean Life so you can throw it into your meal plan.

#3. Oatmeal

Cherry Steel Cut Oats Pre Workout Snack

If you’re working out in the morning, oatmeal is a great pre-workout breakfast. Oats are rich in fibre and carbs, which will keep your energy levels consistent throughout your workout. Sprinkle with some hemp seeds or add a dollop of almond butter for some added protein. Check out our Sweet Cherry Steel Cut Oats or Blueberry Zoats recipes on That Clean Life.

#4. Apple & Nut Butter

Apple and Almond Butter Sandwiches Pre Workout Snack

We love this snack because it’s simple and provides you with everything you need for a great workout. The apple provides carbohydrates and the peanut butter provides protein and healthy fats. Check out our Almond Butter Apple Sandwich recipe on That Clean Life.

#5. Trail Mix

This is another easy peasy pre-workout saviour. We love this organic Annapurna mix from Prana, which is the perfect combo of sweet and salty. It contains almonds, cashews, cranberries, goji berries and sunflower seeds. A handful is all you need.

So there you have it! Our favourite pre-workout snacks. What are your favourite snacks to power you through a workout?

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