I’ve partnered with Planters to help answer one of my most frequently asked questions is what should someone eat pre and post workout, especially when the workout is weight lifting or something high intensity. The importance of what you fuel your body with before any type of workout is important to make sure your body is getting the adequate nutrients for you to be able to push that extra rep, set or mile.
I don’t know about you, but since I was little my family has always had a jar of Planters Peanuts in our pantry, one in our car for snacks on the road, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches were a staple! Why? Because peanuts contain 7 grams of plant-based protein and provide multiple essential vitamins and nutrients, fiber and better for you fats that keep us FULL! As I have grown older and more aware of how food works with the body, I get why my mom always had a stash of Planters Peanuts with her, because so many tests have been done including one by the Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Center: showing that peanuts may help lower your blood sugar levels because of their low glycemic index, which means that they help stabilize your blood sugar. The glycemic index of a food with carbohydrates indicates the potential of the food to spike your blood sugar, and high-glycemic foods, such as refined grains, baked potatoes, sweets and dried fruit, can cause unhealthy spikes after you eat them.(read more here)
So you can guess what is usually my go-to preworkout snack?! Something that has to do with PEANUTS! I also feel like peanuts or any nut-butter is like a fit-girls favorite snack, right?!
so the fact that it’s a great pre-workout snack is a win in my book, every day. Carbs are one of the body’s best fuel sources due to the efficient way they use oxygen, which is why they’re so important if you are physically active. The glycogen stores in your life and muscles depend on your carb intake, in other words, your body converts glycogen to gluclose which your muscles use as a primary source of fuel during exercise. So after your training for awhile, your body’s supply of glycogen is completely depleted, which puts you at a risk of feeling lethargic and if your body doesn’t have enough glycogen to sustain you and your body will begin using your hard-earned lean muscle as fuel, even more reason to toss down some before lifting those weights, ‘eh?!
Your pre-workout snack should also include a good amount of fat, which is contrary to what a lot of people think! Fat = fat burn, IS what happens, not less fat=fat burn. However, you should keep in mind that some fats are more beneficial for people than others. Studies show that saturated and trans fats raise total blood cholesterol levels and low-density LDL (lipoprotein), or your “bad” cholesterol levels. But guess what?! Monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats which are found in peanuts and other plant-based foods play a crucial role in your body by helping to increase cardiovascular health and immune system integrity. So ready to take on that 5 mile run?! Make sure to include peanuts as your go-to preworkout snack. AND, according to the FDA Heart Health Claim: Scientific evidence suggets, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as peanuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and not resulting in increased calorie intake may reduce the risk of heart disease.
With Planters Peanuts having so many delicious flavors in their lineup like Chili Lime, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Chipotle, Smoked, Cocoa, Salted Caramel and their classics… how can you NOT want to grab a handful of these nutrient packed, workout-fueled bites?!
Your post workout snack is just as important. After a workout, the muscles are repairing themselves, it’s important to help that process along by supplying the body not only with carbohydrates but also with PROTEIN! …aka: GAINS in the bodybuilding world! If you are able to eat a well-balanced meal within 30 minutes after working out, that’s best, but if you aren’t able to, grab a snack that has carbs and protein is key.
With peanuts having 7 grams of protein in each serving, these are the perfect post-workout refuel just as they are pre! How can that not be a win?!
When you have goals for your health & fitness, are dedicated to changing your body and feeling great inside and out, it’s important to pay attention to what we put inside to get the best results and maintainable ones! Don’t head to the gym on an empty stomach thinking that’s how you lose fat, just like you wouldn’t leave the gym and not re-fuel yourself so you can keep those lean gains!
When you’re headed to the gym, make sure you grab a handful of a high-fat, good carb snack and end the workout with protein. Which is why Planters Peanuts is always a staple in my bag and will continue to be for life!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Planters . The opinions and text are all mine.
All photos are taken by Michael at MidAtlantic Photography , a big THANK YOU for capturing the Planters Peanuts partnership!