January Jumpstart Day 9: Pre and post workout food

Happy Thursday! Welcome to day 9 of January Jumpstart.

Let’s talk pre and post workout meals and snacks today. I’ll share a few recipes that I like.

workout fuel

Probably my favorite and easiest pre-workout snack are these granola bites. Here’s the original recipe, from A Dash of Compassion. I changed it up a little.

Granola bites:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raw agave nectar, plus a little more since I use a cup of the main ingredients.
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup coconut

Put all the ingredients in a food processor. Roll them all into balls and store in the freezer. I usually get 15-18 out of a batch. The “dough” will be sticky, wet your hands when you roll them and they don’t stick.

Granola bites

If it’s a long run, I eat a bagel with peanut butter and banana. (if I get up in time). If not, it’s banana in the car on the way to my meeting place. I have to get better about eating before those really long runs.

One of my favorite post workout snacks or meal is a protein shake. So far my favorite protein powder is Body Fortress. We do the Super Advanced Whey Protein powder, mostly chocolate but sometimes I grab a strawberry too. John just adds powder and milk in a shaker bottle and drinks it. I put mine in a blender with frozen fruit, mostly strawberries, cherries and banana, with water.

Neocell recently sent me this Collagen Sport recovery powder to try. I’ve been using it this week. So far I really like it too. Watch for a giveaway from them this month too!


Post workout recovery drink of choice is usually Muscle Pfarm Amino mix. I prefer it really cold so I mix it the night before and store it in the fridge. I’ve been trying a lot of different ones lately and I’ll update you on those.

I really like the Advocare Rehydrate gels too. I cannot do the Gu gels, the texture and taste just doesn’t work me. But these gels are good. I usually eat one mid run if it’s over 14 miles and will carry these during my full marathon.

  advocare 2

Most recently I’ve tried CytoSport CytoMax drinks for pre and during workout. I have the mixed drinks and the powder. It’s becoming one of my favorites! I want to try their Whey Isolate drink too.

cytomax 2

And I just thought this was funny!



What do you eat before a workout?

What about post workout?

Favorite drink for recovery?

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9 Responses to January Jumpstart Day 9: Pre and post workout food

  1. lisa torgerson says:

    Love your receipe for granola, I’ll try to make it this weekend!
    Last night I was hoping to walk the track while the kids were at practice and I did, got 1 mile in the cold and rain. Glad practice ended early 🙂

    Today, day 9: Great 5 mile run this morning, even brought my hubby along. Plan to walk the track again tonight if I can get home in time to join the kids, if not, I will do some situps and squats before bed.

  2. Those granola bit things look delicious! I typically eat a banana and some peanut butter about an hour before exercise, then afterwords I just make sure I get a protein/carb mix. Cereal with cow’s milk is a fave. 🙂

  3. Betsy says:

    If I run in the am, I don’t usually eat before. I like oatmeal after though. Maybe a string cheese or something… I don’t have a favorite recovery drink. And I think if there was a bear chasing me, I could really, really run!!

  4. I usually don’t eat before my runs, just because of the time of day. But, as soon as I finish running I like to have some chocolate milk. And throughout the day, I try and stay hydrated with Nuun. Cytomax hills my stomach for some reason.

  5. Megan says:

    Those granola bites look yummy! And the bear….hilarious! This will be great info for my half marathon training!

  6. I’m only up to 10 miles right now, so a banana with a tiny bit of peanut butter is the perfect pre run meal. After Saturday runs, my husband and I have a standing date at Taco Deli for breakfast tacos. One migas taco, and one bean and cheese, with a huge cup of coffee! I’m convinced it’s the perfect recovery meal 🙂 My husband (who runs longer distances) always gets in a cold chocolate milk too.
    I’m loving all of these helpful posts! Will have to try the granola bites.

  7. Rachel DeVaughn says:

    I like your recipe!! thanks for sharing!! 🙂

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