When it comes to healthy living, exercise and nutrition go hand-in-hand. But it can be difficult to know how to schedule your exercise, meals, and snacks around each other. Knowing the best foods to eat before a workout — and when to eat before a workout — can help you reach your fitness goals. Here's how. 

Although there has been some hype around fasted workouts (exercising on an empty stomach, usually in the morning), most experts agree that having a snack before working out is beneficial. 

Getting in carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains is particularly important for most workouts, says Aja Gyimah, registered dietitian and founder of Kuudose, a digital wellness platform. 

That's because carbohydrates provide a fuel source for your body, delivered in the form of a blood sugar boost. "If you think of your body like a car, carbohydrates are the gas," Gyimah says. "If you don't have any gas in the tank, you can't give it your all and you pretty much wasted your workout."

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