- Posted October 10, 2013 by
The Best Post-Workout Snack Ideas
These energizing snacks pack the right nutrients to help you recover from your workout without undoing your calorie burn. You can also add this to your favorite healthy recipes!
Greek Yogurt, Orange, and Peppers
Oddly specific, sure, but fitness experts swear by this nutritious combo as a post-workout snack. Vitamin C-rich red peppers and oranges help prevent some of the exercise-induced oxidative stress to your muscles that occurs during intense workout sessions, according to the Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos, RD, and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, on Shape.com. The yogurt contains an energy-restoring mix of carbs and protein.
Whole Grain Waffles Topped with Yogurt and Almond Butter
After a solid exercise session, top a frozen whole-grain waffle with low-fat or fat-free Greek yogurt and one tablespoon of almond butter. You’ll be getting an ideal ratio of carbs, protein, and healthy fat in this post-workout snack, according to ACEFitness.org.
Tuna on Toast
Tuna, a lean protein, is an ideal post-workout snack. Drizzle a little lemon juice and olive oil over 4 ounces of water-packed tuna, then spread over a slice of whole wheat bread, said Kristin Reisinger, MS, RD, on Fitnessmagazine.com. “Research shows that carbs and protein together have a better response to post-workout recovery," she said.
There’s a reason fitness buffs swear by them. For the ultimate low-maintenance, no-fuss post-workout snack, toss these in your gym bag, as recommended by CarrotsnCake.com blogger Tina Haupert on Health.com: one scoop of protein powder in a clean, empty water bottle, and an 8-ounce carton of shelf-stable almond milk. After your workout, add the milk or even just water to the bottle, and drink up. Protein powders come in various flavors (vanilla, strawberry, chocolate) so you’re sure to find one you love.
Eggs and Hummus
Slice a hard-boiled egg in half and spread each side with one tablespoon of hummus for a light post-workout snack that’s packed with tasty protein, as recommended by Revolve indoor cycling instructor Kristin Kenney to Prevention.com. Kenney said the yolk contains crucial amino acids that aid in muscle repair. Add chopped chives or red pepper flakes on top for flavor and also to other healthy meals.
By Diana Kelly