No, lunch isn't going to hold you through until that 6:30 spin class!
Rather than run on empty, you can rely on certain late afternoon snacks that are easy to carry with you and really make those evening workouts worthwhile.
With pre-workout foods, keep it simple. Also, if you're used to drinking coffee, a cup can help jump start your day and it can also clean your system properly. For those post-workout meals, you shouldn't wait to eat until you are starving. A lot of people wait to eat until they feel famished and consequently make the wrong food choices. If you have a snack, like a protein shake post-workout, you will replenish your muscles properly and help set yourself up for success with your next meal. Otherwise, you may be more likely to raid the refrigerator and counteract all the calories you just burned off.
Taneen Carvell, ("Coach T") is a triathlete and marathon runner and coach in the Washington D.C. area. Taneen shares how you can improve your physique and maximize your performance through optimal pre- and post-workout meals.