The Best Pre- and Post-Workout Meals

A great workout isn’t just about the reps you put in at the gym. The foods you eat before and after you exercise can help you meet your fitness goals. Here, certified trainer and nutritionist Franci Cohen reveals the foods that will help you get the most out of your workouts.

The Best Pre- and Post-Workout Meals

There’s no arguing the benefits of regular exercise: Not only does it help you maintain a healthy weight and lift your energy levels, it also helps to boost good cholesterol levels and mitigate your risk of getting type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

To keep your body fueled for exercise, it’s essential to eat a healthful diet full of nutritious foods that contain lean protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. And when you eat these foods is just as important, as the right foods will give you the strength and energy you need during your workout and will also help you recover afterwards.


To help you pinpoint the best foods for pre- and post-workout, we turned to Franci Cohen, an NYC-based certified fitness trainer and nutritionist. According to Cohen, navigating the pre-workout fuel-fixes is simpler than you think. “There is no ‘magic food,’ but any combination of simple and complex carbs work best to provide a steady stream of continuous energy to last throughout your entire workout.” Cohen’s post-workout meals contain lean protein, complex carbohydrates and some healthy fats. Here are her favorite foods to eat before and after working out.

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Pre-Workout Fuel: Nut Butter and Apples

If you don’t want to eat a full meal before your workout, reach for this filling, fueling snack. Apples contain both simple and complex carbohydrates, plus fiber. When mixed with the protein found in nut butters (such as peanut or almond), the snack gives you a sustained energy boost you need to get the most out of your workout. In addition, the good fats found in nut butters can help lower bad blood cholesterol levels.

3 Secrets for Choosing the Best Rotisserie Chicken at the Store

How can you know you're getting one that's fresh, juicy and crispy?

The rotisserie chickens at the store can make a great, quick dinner for the family. They can also be good pre-made bases for many recipes! But when they're all sitting together in the same case, how can you know you're getting one that's fresh, juicy and crispy? Here are three insider tips for choosing the best chicken.

1. Reach for the Back

Go for a chicken that's in the back of the case. Because the store typically loads the case from behind, you can bet the chickens in the front will have been sitting there the longest.

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