If you're training first thing in the morning, many people need a bit of fuel in their tank before they get going.
The goal of pre-exercise meals or snacks is to provide carbohydrates and to optimise hydration.
A homemade smoothie, high in carbohydrates and low in fat and fibre, is ideal for a pre-exercise meal. High-fibre, fat and protein meals consumed pre-exercise have been shown to cause an increase in gastrointestinal upset as fibre, fat and protein are slow to empty from the stomach.
Source: Cancer Council WA
RECIPE: APRICOT LASSI
5 minutes preparation. Serves 2
Lassi is a very popular drink from India and is sometimes called a yoghurt drink.
2 cups canned apricots, with juice
1 tsp honey
1 cup low-fat yoghurt, natural or vanilla
6 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a food processor until foamy. Serve immediately.
Source: Healthy Food Fast 2008, Health Department WA