The Pre-Workout Fuel You Didn’t Know You Needed Until Now

January 3, 2020

THE KALEJUNKIE DISH: HONEY AS PRE-WORKOUT FUEL -

sponsored by Wedderspoon

Need some quick energy before a workout? Try a little HONEY.

Honey is made of simple carbohydrates and provides an easily absorbed supply of energy. And if you can, it’s best when raw and/or of the Manuka variety, because commercial honey is often heavily processed and excessive heat destroys the natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals in honey. So if you didn’t know, now you do!

For years, I thought I NEEDED to have food in my stomach before a workout. I felt like I couldn’t train on an empty stomach—but what I learned, is that I like to eat out of habit and for comfort and security. When I let that go, and let my workout performance guide me, I realized that my performance improved when I ate LESS before a workout.

I realized that I feel best when I grab something light, to stay satiated and for energy. Some days it’s 1/2 banana and 1 tb almond butter; other days its a small portion of oatmeal and almond butter; other times it’s just a healthy-ish preworkout drink and some Manuka honey! It really just depends on how I am feeling, and I encourage you to do what’s best for your body.

Experiment, evaluate your performance, and adjust. These days I keep my Wedderspoon on-the-go packets in my purse and gym bag at all times. They are perfect in a pinch, great to shut my kids up during tantrums (#momhack), and here’s something else—Manuka honey is great for the immune system, so if you feel a sore throat or cold coming on, some Manuka honey will likely do the trick!

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