6 Vegan Pre-Workout Snacks to Keep You Going Strong

6 Vegan Pre-Workout Snacks to Keep You Going Strong

Despite the fact that there are plenty of plant-based snacks and protein sources out there, it seems that the mainstream sports and workout industries in today’s world are still dominated by non-vegan brands. Most commercial pre-workout snacks are laden with animal-based protein, and although plant-based alternatives are becoming more popular, their advantages over animal-based products are still not recognized or sought after by the average gym buff.

In this article, I would like to pinpoint 6 vegan pre-workout snacks that you can easily add to your workout routine. The lighter snacks should be consumed about 15-30 minutes prior to your workout, while the heavier ones should be consumed approx. 30-60 minutes prior, for best results.

Keep in mind that these snacks are aimed to help fuel and power your energy level. So, as tasty as they are, make sure you don’t get too full!

#1 Dates

Buying these in bulk is simple and cheap. They are sweet, packed with natural sugar and make for a clean, handy snack that will give you a quick energy boost. Grab two or three dates, chomp them down, and you’re good to go. No mess, no fuss, just sweet date goodness. A practical and instant snack.

pre workout vegan snack dates

No mess, no fuss, just sweet date goodness. A practical and instant vegan snack.

#2 Banana with peanut butter

Chop up a banana and have it with a tablespoon of peanut butter. This gives you carbohydrates, fats, fiber, and a little bit of protein. You can put this together in two minutes, and you’ll be buzzing and motivated lifting those weights in the gym.

Banana peanutbutter vegan preworkout snack
Chop up a banana and have it with a table spoon of peanut butter for a tasty, pre-workout vegan snack.

#3 Smoothie

Possibly the most popular choice, this one only takes a few minutes to prepare. There are endless types of combinations that you can put together to fuel your vegan workout routine. My favorite is banana, mango and plant-based milk. Plant-based smoothies will give you a burst of energy, lift your mood and get you into a state of readiness to hit your workout running.

Vegan Pre-Workout Smoothie

Possibly the most popular choice, this vegan pre-workout snack only takes a few minutes to prepare.

#4 Pre-workout energizer

The Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer is available in Lemon Lime and Acai Berry flavors. This may be the ideal pre-workout addition for the vegan supplement lover. It is gluten-free, and vegan certified from one of the most well-known vegan supplement companies out there. The product aims to get you in the zone and ready to tackle tough workouts.

    #5 Oatmeal with protein powder

    Again, the idea here is not to satisfy your appetite, or even come close. The idea is to put some fuel in your tank. So keep your portion modest and choose your protein wisely. I choose Sun Warrior protein powder: it’s a raw plant-based protein powder that comes in chocolate, mocha, berry and vanilla flavors. Sprinkle a heaped teaspoon on a bowl of oatmeal with your favorite plant-based milk, and you’ve got yourself a hot little pre-workout snack that will keep you going strong.

      #6 Potatoes and rice

      Not everyone has a sweet tooth. Some people would prefer to have something a bit more savory, so if that sounds like you, rice and potatoes could be your fix. This pre-workout vegan snack (remember, you are not eating to get full) should not be chowed down right before you work out. Allow at least an hour between munching and working out for the energy to become available in your system. Flavor with a touch of soy sauce or herbs for a more flavorful variation, and choose a larger portion for multiple servings – and you’ve got yourself a handy pre-workout snack that can be made in bulk and keep you covered for the week.

      Rice and potatoes as a vegan pre work out snack

      This pre-workout vegan snack should be consumed at least an hour before working out for the energy to become available in your system.


      I hope you enjoyed reading my top 6 vegan pre-workout snacks offering. There really is something for all tastes and preferences out there. If one of my snacks sparked your interest – try it out, and let me know how your workout went in the comments section below.


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      Scott D. Renwick

      Scott D. Renwick

      Scott is a passionate vegan of over 7 years. He is a workout enthusiast, content contributor on various vegan living topics, and co-founder of the fitness app, FitRate.
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