We've all heard that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. However, if you work out in the afternoon or evening arguably the most important meal of the day is the pre-workout meal. It's the meal that will keep you focused, stave hunger pangs, and give you the energy you need to get through an energizing workout. Here are just a few ideas for that pre-workout fuel. Remember that it's best to eat thirty minutes before you hit the gym.

1. Whole Wheat Toast with Peanut Butter and Banana Slices

The best pre-workout food is a balance of carbs and protein, leaning toward carbs. A slice of whole wheat or whole grain toast with peanut butter and banana is a light snack with two complex carbs that should fuel you through your workout. In addition to boosting your snack with potassium and B6, banana slices can add a touch of sweetness without the side effects of processed sugar.

2. Fruit Smoothie with Greek Yogurt

A fruit smoothie with Greek Yogurt is a great way to give your body a boost of hydration while also getting the carbs and protein you need. Yogurt contains way more protein than milk and will not only do your muscles a favor; it will help transport oxygen to your brain and bloodstream. Greek yogurt also gives you a probiotic boost.

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