I know there was a post a while back about good exercise fuel, but I just wanted to expand the topic a little bit... I'm training for a half-marathon in the spring and I was wondering what everyone's favorite food is when they're exercising- and how/when they eat it- and by this I mean to be pretty broad. Some questions to get your mind rolling:
-What is your favorite pre-workout meal or snack? How often do you find you have to wait before working out? How soon after a workout do you need to eat? What tastes/feels good?
-What sorts of foods do you really crave when you're getting back in shape?
-Any foods you find don't sit well with you when you're working out a lot?
-Best rewarding dinners (or brunches?) What is really satisfying to you after a good workout?
For example, I just discovered these great little apple-carrot fruit sauce packets from trader joe's- they're only about 80 calories and I find that if I have one about 5 minutes before I head out on a run, I have great energy. I've also been craving sweet carbs like pancakes and syrup- a LOT! And apples have been upsetting my stomach, especially before a workout- I think it's the fiber.
Just thought I'd gather some good ideas to keep me going- being able to eat a lot of food is clearly my real motivation...