Cooking Lovers Sports

What to eat before running? Bananas of course!

Cooking Lovers Sports

July 10th 2020 ・ 10 min reading

Long summer days are the perfect time to get more exercise - and what could be better than a nice long bike ride or run? So you may be wondering: what to eat before running or riding? Well… Chiquita bananas of course!

Packed with loads of fiber and good natural sugars, bananas offer a steady boost of energy that athletes need. What’s more, packaged in their own robust carry case and ready to be eaten wherever and whenever, they are truly the most versatile, not to mention healthy snack, there is.

When it comes to banana nutrition, bananas are truly nature’s best superfood! The  “good” natural sugars found in bananas (plus loads of fiber) will give you the energy you need to get you through your run or your ride. Bananas are also bursting with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium – so they’re an ideal pre workout snack.

If you’re wondering which is better for your cardio routine… running or bike riding? We say both! Everything depends on what you want to achieve. Cycling is low impact, great for glutes and quads, and you can travel longer distances in a shorter period of time. Running generally burns more calories and uses more muscles but is higher impact and much harder on muscles and joints. Both have great cardiovascular benefits – so at the end of the day, it just comes down to what you enjoy the most.


Biking  and Chiquita Bananas

Chiquita’s Special Edition Fitness Stickers, which appear on our bananas this month, provide plenty of helpful fitness tips for everyone. The special warm-up stickers will be the perfect pre workout snack as you prepare for a long bike ride or run.

6 fabulous banana recipes packed with great banana nutrition


Mindfulness Strawberry and Chiquita Banana Vegan Protein Smoothie Bowl

This banana smoothie recipe is not only a favorite for vegans but the whole family, and it is the perfect pre workout meal. Packed with chopped Chiquita bananas, almond milk, oatmeal, strawberries, chickpeas and peanut butter, this rich hearty banana smoothie is really like a meal in a glass!

Sumo Squat Beet Chiquita Banana Pancakes

Intensive physical exercise needs proper nutrition to fuel hard working muscles. These wholesome and hearty banana pancakes are packed with energy and flavor – and are great as both a pre workout snack and post workout snack.

No-Bake Chiquita Banana Nut Diamond Protein Bars

These yummy no-bake bars are so easy to assemble and are packed with nuts and dates – so they’re a great source of protein and essential nutrients for an active lifestyle. They’re also conveniently pocket size, so they’re an ideal pre workout snack or for a grab-and-go breakfast!

Snap Chiquita Banana Bread Protein Bars

These delicious bars bring the unmistakable sweet taste of Chiquita banana bread to a handy pocket-sized treat filled with honey and nuts – an irresistible pre workout snack or pick-me-up any time of the day.

Post Workout Chiquita Banana Protein Shake

This wholesome post workout snack blends a range of essential vitamins and minerals – and a good helping of protein from oatmeal, bananas and peanut butter –  to regenerate and replenish your body after a hard workout.

Peanut Butter and Chiquita Banana Warm-Up Shake

The ultimate pre workout snack, this power packed shake gives you a big boost of long lasting energy, with loads of protein and natural sugars, to fuel you through your workout and beyond.

Whether you decide that running or biking is best for you, a Chiquita banana or one of our healthy workout snacks are the perfect companion for your cardio workout. With their great taste, fiber, and long lasting energy release, Chiquita bananas are the perfect pre workout snacks (and post workout snacks too!)


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