What should I eat the night before cycling?

This question is about Cycling

Elle Penner, MPH, RD

The night before cycling you should eat a high-carbohydrate meal (65-75% calories from carbs) with some lean proteins and healthy fats. Here are a few ideas:  

  • Pasta topped with salmon and sauteed vegetables

  • Brown rice bowl with grilled chicken and roasted vegetables

  • Turkey burger on a bun with a baked potato 

  • Brown rice noodles with stir fried veggies and pan-fried tofu

Eating a high-carbohydrate meal paired with protein and fat the night before cycling will help max out your body’s glucose reserves (i.e. glycogen) while also providing satiety and a source of slow-burning fuel while you sleep.

Rice bowl with salmon, rice, green beans and cherry tomatoes, on a gray background