Myth vs. Fact: Pre-Workout Snack a Nonessential
MYTH VS. FACT
Myth: “I don’t have time to eat a snack before practice…no big deal!”
Fact: The truth is that a pre-workout snack is essential to give you a burst of energy to start practice. The goal is to have complex carbohydrate and some protein plus 8-16 oz fluid. So bring something you can throw in your gym bag like an energy bar & apple,￼ peanut butter crackers & banana or a baggie of homemade trail mix with granola/nuts/dried fruit. Avoid foods that are fried, high in fat or loaded with sugar.
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.