Ever wonder what you should eat before a workout? Here are my suggestions that will help you get the most out of your workout.

Medium Banana, or ½ of a large banana

Bananas are loaded with digestible carbohydrates (read: fuel) and are packed with potassium, which aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function. The body doesn’t store potassium for very long, so a medium banana before a workout will help keep nutrient levels high.

Oats – are full of fiber, which means they gradually release carbohydrates into your bloodstream, but they’re not so full of fiber that they’ll cause gas. This steady stream keeps your energy levels consistent during your workout. Oats also contain B vitamins, which help convert carbohydrates into energy. Help yourself to one cup at least 30 minutes before you begin exercising.

Wholegrain bread – A slice of wholegrain bread is a good source of carbohydrates. Top it off with jam, nut butter or honey for more fuel or sliced up hard-boiled eggs for high-quality protein. If you’re hitting the gym during your lunch break, grab some bread about 45 minutes before you head out. Top it with a couple slices of turkey.

Don’t want the bread make it simple: Apple with 2 teaspoons of nut butter.

Fruit smoothies are high in carbohydrates and high-quality protein. Better yet: They’re easy to consume and are rapidly digested. Try blending 1/2 cup plain, low-fat yogurt, 1/2 cup fruit and 1 cup fruit juice or water.  The carbs from fruit break down quickly and the protein is used later to prevent muscle damage.