While watching Food Network with my wife the other day I saw a quick commercial in which Bobby Flay recommended this snack for pre-workout. He quickly ran through the ingredients and I wanted to punch my TV.
First of all, you don’t really need anything pre-workout. Maybe some fruit to give you a quick bit of real sugar to get moving, otherwise it is the post-workout nutrition that will give you the most benefit. I personally eat a banana sometimes in the morning before working out. I am at the gym most mornings by 5am for a workout and sometimes at 4:30 in the morning I just need something to get me over until I can get some real food after a workout.
What you really don’t need, ever, much less pre-workout is a ton of sugar. Here is the recipe pimped by Flay in the commercial.
Is this some kind of joke?! Who approves this stuff??
Here is the ingredient list:
1/3 cup best-quality cocoa powder (such as Vahlrona or Callebaut)
1/4 cup clover honey
1/4 cup granulated cane sugar
Pinch of fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon pure coconut extract
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup raw whole almonds, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup coconut chips, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup best-quality bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup best-quality white chocolate chips
By my count that is six of the 12 ingredients that are some form of sugar. I might be wrong about the pure coconut extract, but coconut can be a fat or a sugar (coconut crystals, for example, are a sugar). There is no workout that you would benefit from spiking your blood sugar like that only to crash in a short while. The quick high will be followed by a quick fall.