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Fat-Burning Foods to Fuel Your Workout

Noshing on a low-glycemic, fructose-free meal before you hit the gym will help you use fat—not carbohydrates—as fuel during your sweat session, according to research we reported on in SHAPE’s October issue. So we put together a 3-day meal plan according to these guidelines. If you run out of options, use our Recipe Finder tool to search for dishes that are low-carb (although brown rice, quinoa, bulgar, fettucini, and spaghetti are all okay), and don’t include a lot of fruit (fructose is the scientific name for fruit sugar). Bon Appetit!

Recipes courtesy of Cookstr

Low-Glycemic Breakfast Recipes
Option 1: Steak and Eggs (pictured)

Option 2: Oatmeal
Editor's Tip: Leave off the fruit topping to reduce fructose; instead, add nuts

Option 3: Omelet with Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, and Herbs
Low-Glycemic Lunch Recipes
Option 1: Salad Nicoise (pictured)
Leave out the cherry tomatoes to reduce fructose

Option 2: Chipotle Turkey Burgers

Option 3: Chicken Salad
Editor's tip: Make sure you use a natural yogurt that's not made with high-fructose corn syrup!
Low-Glycemic Dinner Recipes
Option 1: Herbed Chicken and Sauce (pictured)

Option 2: Turkey Meatloaf

Option 3: Steak au Poivre

Editor’s Tip: Serve these dishes with brown rice and leafy greens for a full meal that fits the low-glycemic, low (not quite “no”)-fructose bill.
Low-Glycemic Snack Recipes