So you’ve suited up and you’re ready to hit the saddle—but have you properly fueled up for your ride? Just as important (if not more) than having all the proper gear, pre-and post-ride meals can seriously affect your performance. You need something high in protein—but also delicious—and lucky for you, we’ve tried them all. Some of our favorites, perfectly sized to take on the go, below.
Oatmeal and a Banana
Purely Elizabeth’s oatmeal cuts the B.S., made with superfoods like hemp and chia seeds. Mix with almond milk and your favorite spices (we love cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger) then top with a banana for a combination of filling complex carbs and potassium that will keep up your muscle performance.
Natural Peanut Butter and an Apple
This combo is a classic for a reason. High in protein and fiber, plus totally delicious, top a green or red apple with natural peanut butter for healthy fats that will keep you full.
We love the transparency behind this protein bar brand (look no further than the front of the package for the ingredients)—and with more than 10 flavors to choose from, you’ll never get bored. Pro Tip: Crumble over vanilla greek yogurt for a little sweet, and little savory.
Homemade Trail Mix
Store-bought trail mix seems healthy, but most mixes are actually packed with sugar. Instead, try making your own. We like to combine raw almonds and cashews, raisins, popcorn, and a little bit of something sweet—think dried mango or dark chocolate chips—together and keep on-hand for an easy snack on the go.
Smashed Avocado on Toast
A smashed avocado spread on whole wheat toast is a quick and easy snack before or after you ride. Filled with healthy fats and complex carbohydrates, it is the perfect combination to refuel and gain energy from fresh produce so you can skip the processed sugar that can make you sluggish!
Have a favorite pre or post-ride snack? Share them below!