Great Energy Boosting Foods For Before Your Training Sessions
Whether you’re looking to increase your work output for your muay thai training, your MMA workouts or your casual fitness workout, these energy boosting foods are essential for a great workout!
Below are the best energy boosting foods to help maximize your workouts, check out the amazing, natural foods below!
High Energy Foods #11-20
Watermelons are one of the best foods that give energy and are great for the summertime when it’s in hot and in season. They contains lycopene which has been linked to prevent cancer and is full of water which your body always needs to stay hydrated.
Energy boosting foods like watermelons digest quickly and need to pass out of the stomach, otherwise, it prematurely ferments behind slower-digesting foods. Make sure to eat it on a relatively empty stomach to get it’s full health benefits!
#19 Red Peppers
Red peppers are full of antioxidant vitamins A and C and also contain lycopene, which has been linked to cancer prevention.
All bell peppers are super healthy foods that give energy and are great to eat to with salsa, salads, eggs and even by themselves.
One of my favorite ways to cook red peppers is to stuff them with quinoa, spinach and other healthy foods and have them as a snack during the day, or add them to a dinner later at night.
From garlic flavored to zucchini based, try a wide variety to find the best, most healthy hummus recipe!
Hummus is a great, healthy snack to bring anywhere and is great for dipping carrots, celery and other vegetables in!
#17 Dark Chocolate
I have a sweet tooth like you have no idea, so when I was told I could eat chocolate (in moderation) because it was a good source of energy, I was on top of that shit!
Dark chocolates are energy boosting foods because of the bioactive compounds tyramine and phenylethylamine. But, don’t overindulge (even though it’s tough not to) because chocolate is packed with sugar, calories, fat, and caffeine.
Your best bet is dark chocolate because it contains the fewest calories and the most antioxidants.
Carrots are great foods that give energy because of the high level of fiber and high amounts of Vitamin A, in the form of Beta-Carotene, which is good for the eye sight.
Carrots are easy to add to an athletes diet by shredding them up or dipping them in some healthy, natural hummus.
You can even make some carrot juice if you want all the vitamin A you can handle!
Most yogurts contain high levels of protein and carbohydrates which can help fuel your workouts and take them to the next level.
Eat yogurt as a parfait, in a smoothie or by itself. It’s a great post-workout food too because of it’s protein!
#14 Pumpkin Seeds
These seeds will satisfy that crunchy craving when you need a quick energy boost for your workout session. Since these energy boosting foods are lighter than nuts, they are great for the afternoon a few hours after lunch, especially if you are training after a long day of work or have a long stretch before dinner.
#13 Lemon Water
Sipping on water with lemon is known to provide energy. Since fatigue comes from dehydration, water is essential for resupplying the body with what it needs.
Adding the lemon gives a energy boost from the vitamins and enzymes it provides.
Blueberries are a delicious, energetic snack that is super useful because it can be added to cereal, oatmeal, smoothies and salads.
These healthy berries are also known to promote brain function and boost energy, so they are a good thing to eat when you need to focus for your training (which should be all the time).
Oats are full of fiber and low on the glycemic index which in turn helps keep your energy levels constant throughout your training sessions or workouts.
They also contain B vitamins which are known for supplying energy and relieving stress… needless to say oatmeal is super healthy.
- Sean "Muay Thai Guy" Fagan owns & operates the largest online Muay Thai community and the #1 training resource for nak muay of all levels.