What Should I Eat Before Barre?

What Should I Eat Before Barre?

If you’ve tried the Xtend Barre workouts on Openfit, you know they can help you build strength and burn calories. So what’s the best way to fuel up before an intense barre workout?

The good news: What you eat before barre doesn’t have to be wildly different than what you’d eat for any other type of exercise. “Fuel up with nutrient-dense foods to help keep yourself energized and equipped to power through the workout,” says Andrea Rogers, creator of Xtend Barre.

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What to Eat Before Barre

“The best thing to eat a few hours before any workout is a balanced meal made up of some complex carbs for energy, lean protein to [repair and build] muscles, and healthy fats,” says Mascha Davis, MPH, RDN, founder of Nomadista Nutrition and author of Eat Your Vitamins.

Need inspiration for your pre-barre meals? Check out our Xtend Barre meal prep plan for plenty of nutrient-dense breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas. This 5-day meal plan includes healthy, fruit- and veggie-filled recipes that don’t require a ton of time or ingredients.

Here are some of the yummy recipes you’ll find on the barre meal prep.

1. Baked Peppers and Eggs

Add Some Variety to Your Morning with This Healthy Baked Peppers and Egg Recipe

Start your day off right with this simply, hearty recipe that’s easy to jazz up with fresh herbs and spices. Serve with fresh cantaloupe and a slice of whole grain bread with nut butter. Get the recipe here.


2. Chicken and Vegetables with Ricotta and Lemon

Freshen Up Your Dinner Routine With This Recipe for Chicken and Vegetables with Ricotta

Seasoned with salt and pepper and topped with lemon zest and creamy ricotta, this recipe is easy to make and full of fresh flavor. Plus, you can easily swap in your favorite seasonal veggies. Get the recipe here.


3. Overnight Chia Pudding with Fresh Berries

Refuel with This High-Protein Chia Pudding Recipe

This tasty recipe provides protein from chia seeds, protein powder, and Greek yogurt. Prep it the night before, and you won’t have to worry about what to eat before your early morning barre workout. Get the recipe here.


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What to Eat After Barre

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If your last meal was more than 4 hours ago, Davis suggests consuming a combination of carbs and protein — like that found in Openfit Recovery — after you work out. The carbs will help replenish glycogen stores, while the protein will prevent muscle protein breakdown.

Nicole McDermott


After graduating from Syracuse where Nicole studied magazine journalism and nutrition, she moved to New York City to write for the health and fitness site Greatist. She currently edits full time for Ghergich & Co. Nicole's work has appeared on TIME Healthland, Shape, USA Today, Men's Fitness, The Huffington Post, Refinery29 and Lifehacker, among others. Follow her on LinkedIn.

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