10 Best Recipes to Fuel Your Workout

What you need before a workout is different than afterward, when recovery and mending those (good) microscopic tears in your muscles should be the focus of your food. Before your workout, your nutrient needs are different. Energy is the goal here. You need some calories, and specifically, carbs, to fuel your engine for maximum performance. So if there's one thing you don't have to worry about eating before a hard workout, it's natural sugar — as long as you're about to do an intense, long (at least an hour) workout, and it's not a super-crazy amount of sugar. With 35 carbs, including 26 grams of sugar from all-natural sources such as dates and figs, this energy bar is just what you need before a long run, Crossfit session, or HIIT workout.