Fuelling your workout is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you get the most from yourself - apart from signing up for barre class in the first place, of course!
So here are a few of our favourite snacks to enjoy before and after class. Remember, it’s best to fuel about three to four hours before class - but we haven’t forgotten those 6am devotees and have highlighted the snacks that are the perfect fuel 30 to 60 minutes before class.
Recovery nutrition is all about refueling, rehydrating, muscle repair and looking after your immune system – so find something high in protein and accompany it with a big glass of water.
Wholemeal toast with banana - The mix of low GI carbs with the energy hit from the banana will ensure you’re ready for any moves your tender will throw at you. Sprinkle with cinnamon or drizzle with honey for extra flavour. Especially recommended before Barre F.I.T.
Fruit smoothie - Easy to drink early in the morning and providing a great mix of energy, protein and carbs. Best made at home so you can experiment and add your favourite flavours. This Green Goddess Smoothie from I Quit Sugar is sure to get you up and firing early in the morning.
Trail mix - The perfect pre-class snack early in the morning - full of carbs, protein and delicious boosts of energy from the dried fruit. Keep some ready in the pantry to snack on while you get ready for class. Greatist has 21 mix ‘n’ match ideas that we love.
Oats with berries - There is a pattern forming here…the combination of low-GI carbs sweetened with natural fruit and topped with milk or yoghurt provides all the elements you need to get the most from your workout. This is one best enjoyed a couple of hours before class so you get the full benefits of those fantastic oats – we can’t go past good old fashioned Uncle Toby’s Australian oats.
Protein balls –. Full of energy, protein and flavour, make some of these little balls of goodness before your workout and keep them handy for a quick post-class snack. Popsugar has seven fantastic recipes that are easy to make – we recommend the chocolate raspberry truffles.
Grilled chicken & vegetables – You’ve worked your body hard and now it’s time to ensure it recovers 100 per cent before your next class. Taste has a collection of delicious and healthy grilled chicken and vegetables recipes that are so easy to make and will give you a healthful boost of protein and vitamins.
Eggs – Possibly the best post-class item you could eat – eggs are packed with protein that is easily absorbed by the body. They are also incredibly versatile and contain just 70 calories each. Think an asparagus, pea and tuna omelette, baked eggs with zucchini or Spanish style eggs with tomato and chorizo. Be sure to source local, farm laid eggs – your local farmers market is the best option.
Chocolate milk – I know, right?! But during the past two years researchers at universities around the world have found that chocolate milk is actually better for muscle recovery than most sports drinks. The sugar stimulates muscle repair, while the protein replenishes muscle tissue – and it turns out that chocolate milk naturally contains the right carb/protein ratio to make that happen.