I'm Stacey Licht, from Transformation Thrive, and I'm gonna talk to you about the best snacks before running. Before heading out for a run, it's important to make sure you're fueled. Having just a small snack ahead of time can make you feel strong and energized. I want to first talk to you about carbohydrates, because they are the body's most direct source of energy. When you eat carbs they get converted into gylcogen which can be used immediately for energy, and this gives your body a steady supply of blood sugar, which is exactly what you need for a run. Fats can also be used for energy, but they get digested more slowly and are better for endurance. Proteins also can be used, but they need to be converted in the body first. One of the best foods for running is a banana, which is great because it contains the mineral potassium, it's got carbs and fiber, and I like to pair it with almond butter because that provide protein and healthy fats too for better endurance. Another favorite pre-running food is quinoa because it gives you complex carbs and a complete protein for sustained energy and muscle repair. Goji berries are an excellent pre-running food too, because they contain carbohydrates and are full of nutrients. I like to make a homemade energy bar out of them with nuts and seeds and spices. My other favorite pre-running snacks are chia seeds. Chia seeds contain antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and protein for better endurance. I don't know if you know this, but the ancient Aztecs and Incans use to eat chia seeds before battle for strength and stamina. Chia seeds are great in a protein shake, or you can just add liquid and eat them as a pudding.