Introducing the concept of using honey-infused snacks as a natural pre-workout energy source.
Our bodies break down sugars, a form of carbohydrate, to provide the energy cells require to function normally throughout the day as well as to power through demanding workouts. Honey, a natural sugar that also contains vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, can provide a pure energy boost. This suggests that honey may be a more sustained source of energy for the body. A study published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources found that honey alone does not raise blood sugar levels as much as glucose or sucrose (table sugar) and may even lower fasting glucose levels if consumed regularly. This results in a healthier and more effective way to deliver energy.
Explaining how honey’s simple sugars provide an immediate energy source, making it ideal for pre-exercise consumption.
- Honey is a combination of fructose and glucose, but it can still give you an energy boost when you’re working out.
- Glucose has a high glycemic index and is absorbed quickly, so it causes an energy spike followed by a crash.
- Eating honey before lifting weights helps sustain blood glucose levels better than other carbohydrate sources.
- Ingesting honey before and during endurance exercise can deliver just as much extra energy as sports gels made from pure glucose.
Ideas for combining honey with protein-rich foods to support muscle recovery and sustained energy during workouts.
- Add honey to oatmeal or fruit before lifting weights for longer-lasting energy.
- Add honey to your protein shake after a workout to replenish energy stores quickly.
- Your muscles need blood glucose to recover after a workout.
- Honey is a good source of protein and carbohydrates for muscle repair and growth.
- Have some honey in your protein drink 20-30 minutes after your workout.