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Belly up to the bar before banishing your belly at the gym. No workout is going to give you the results you want if you're not properly hydrated and fueled to make it through in top form.

Here are some healthy pre-workout snacks to add to your repertoire.

1. Raw Brownie Bites

When you think of healthy pre-workout snacks, brownies probably aren’t the first thing that come to mind. Brownies are typically a guilty pleasure that we indulge in even though we know they aren’t good for us. What if we could have a brownie snack that was actually beneficial as a pre-workout meal?

Enter the raw brownie bites.

Making these bits is extremely easy. All you need are walnuts, almonds, dates, cacao powder, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Take all of your ingredients, throw them in a food processor, and then roll them into balls! Freeze them for 30 minutes, and you’re ready to start snacking!

Diet Type(s): Vegan, Raw
Workout Type(s): Cardio

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2½ cups whole walnuts
¼ cup almonds
2½ cups medjool dates
1 cup cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛-¼ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Place everything in a food processor until well combined.
  2. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes or refrigerate for 2 hours.


2. Raw Key Lime Pistachio Bites

These raw key lime pistachio bites are a great option if you’re looking for a pre-workout snack with a surprising amount of juice and punch.

The key lime flavor here is quite tart and juicy, and the the pistachios offer a ton of energy and nutrients for a truly successfully workout.

All you need for this recipe are pistachios, pitted dates, and key limes. It’s about as simple an ingredient list as you can find, and the end result is a snack that we can’t get enough of.

Diet Type(s): Gluten Free, Paleo, Raw, Vegan
Workout Type(s): Cardio, Yoga

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2 cups shelled pistachios (reserve 1/2 cup for chopping)
1 cup pitted dates
6 key limes, zest and juice of each


  1. Add 1 1/2 cups of pistachios and dates to a food processor high-speed blender. Process until all comes together in a ball (about 3 minutes)
  2. Break up ball and add zest and juice of all key limes. Process until well combined.
  3. Meanwhile, chop up remaining 1/2 cup of pistachios into tiny pieces to be used at coating.
  4. Roll pistachio-date mixture into 18 balls and then roll in chopped pistachios.
  5. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 month or longer in freezer.


3. Spirulina Balls

Having a craving for chocolate can be quite difficult to deal with if you’re trying to eat as healthy as you can. A quick candy bar prior to working out might seem like a good idea at first to satisfy that chocolate craving, but we have a much better solution.

Spirulina balls are a great way to get that chocolatey taste while also giving your body the energy it needs prior to a hard workout, and they’re quite easy to make, too. Just take all of the ingredients, mix them together, roll ‘em into balls, and then freeze for 15 minutes.

This is a great vegan and raw snack that’s easy to make, great for your body, and oh-so tasty. Not to mention the extremely high protein content of spirulina - up to 71% protein by weight!

Diet Type(s): Raw, Vegan
Workout Type(s): Strength Training

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1/4 Cup of hemp seeds
1/2 Cup cacao powder
2 Tbsp Spirulina
1 Tbsp tocotrienols (optional but delicious!)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
3 Tbsp organic, raw honey (soft is easier)
Pinch of Celtic sea salt (fine)
1 inside of a vanilla bean, or 1 tsp. vanilla bean powder or extract


  1. Mix all the ingredients
  2. Roll them into little balls
  3. Freeze for about 15 minutes (set a timer!)


  • To make all balls of the same size, use a small ice cream scoop
  • These are so nice to give away in a nice box…
  • Great with a cup of tea or hemp seed milk
  • Next time, double up the amount because you will want more!


4. Tropical Green Smoothie

Stepping away from these bites and balls for a second, let’s look at a smoothie recipe. The tropical green smoothie is made up of a very simple ingredient list, including spinach, banana, mango, pineapple, and coconut water.

Simply add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend everything together until it creates a smoothie-like consistency. This is a fantastic meal to have early in the morning before you hit the gym, and along with powering you throughout your workout, it should keep you rather full for a while as well.

Diet Type(s): Gluten Free, Raw, Vegan
Workout Type(s): Cardio, Strength Training

How about some more great recipes like this one from The Little Epicurean


10 oz coconut water
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 banana, sliced
4 handfuls spinach


  1. Pour coconut water into blender. Add mango, pineapple, banana, and spinach. Cover blender with lid and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately. Otherwise, place in the fridge until ready to enjoy. If smoothie separates in the fridge, stir before serving.


5. Vegan + Gluten-Free Afternoon Snack

Like the title of this recipe suggests, this is an awesome choice if you’ve been searching for an afternoon snack that’s both vegan and gluten-free.

Take some rice cakes, cover them with almond butter, and then add sliced banana to the top with a little sprinkle of cinnamon. It takes just a second to put these together, and it creates a snack that’s surprisingly filling and quite delicious.

It’s one of our go-to recipes if we need a pre-workout snack that doesn’t take a lot of time to make, and it’s something that everyone should know how to do.

Diet Type(s): Gluten Free, Vegan
Workout Type(s): Yoga, Cardio

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2 organic brown rice cakes
1 organic banana
organic raw almond butter


Cover rice cakes in almond butter, add sliced banana, and sprinkle with cinnamon. 


6. Zucchini Sushi Rolls

Combining zucchini and sushi might seem rather odd at first, but this healthy take on a sushi roll is a recipe that we’ve recently become quite entranced and obsessed with.

In order to make the rolls, all you need is zucchini, a carrot, cucumber, capsicum, an apple, and green onion. Wrap the zucchini around the other ingredients you’re using, and that’s all there is to it.

You can get a bit creative by adding or removing certain components, and that’s one of the reasons we love this one so much. It’s a quick, customizable, and tasty snack that’s great prior to any type of workout.

Diet Type(s): Gluten Free, Raw, Vegan
Workout Type(s): Cardio, Yoga, High Intensity Interval Training, Strength Training

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To make 8 rolls:

  • half a medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • half a carrot, julienned
  • 1/3 cucumber, seeds removed
  • julienned half green capsicum
  • julienned half apple
  • julienned 1 green onion (white part only)


I first sliced the zucchini, sprinkled it with a bit of salt and left it to soften in a colander. Meanwhile, I prepared the rest of the veggies and the avocado pesto.

To make the avocado pesto I used:

  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (medium sized)
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar


I mixed all these in a blender for few seconds until they transformed in a creamy, chunky mixture. Alternatively, the nuts can be crushed using a mortar and pestle and then they can be mixed with the rest of the ingredients using a fork.

To serve I also used:

  • chili flakes
  • sesame seeds


Now, for the final assembly first I rinsed the zucchini to get rid of the extra salt, then I absorbed the water with paper towels. To make a roll I took one zucchini slice, I added a spoon of avocado pesto making sure to spread it at both ends (it’s what keeps the roll together), I added veggies (2-3 slices of each) and rolled and rolled. When all 8 were done, I sprinkled them with chili flakes and sesame seeds, grabbed my chopsticks to make it even more fun and devoured them within minutes.

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