You might think a workout entitles you to a free pass when it comes to what you’re eating! On the contrary. Refueling your body after a workout should serve a purpose — nourishing your muscles and restoring your electrolyte levels. So drop the chips and go for one of these potions for a guilt-free post-workout snack.
Green smoothies are the perfect snack after a workout. With a little natural sugar, some protein and iron, you’ll feel refreshed and satiated. Start with one cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Blend a frozen banana, two handfuls of fresh spinach and two spoonfuls of peanut butter with the almond milk. This tastes like a peanut butter-banana shake; you can’t even taste the spinach!
Waffle cereal parfait
If you workout in the morning, you likely started your say with a simple toast of banana before exercising. Fill up with a waffle parfait of sorts. Start with two toasted waffles (frozen or homemade). Spread your choice of Greek yogurt, plain cream cheese or cottage cheese. Top with a high-fiber cereal and fresh fruit. This dish will provide you with carbs, protein and natural sugar to restore your energy levels for the day ahead.
Mini protein plate
Keep several hard boiled eggs on hand at any given time. That way you can grab one for a quick protein snack. Add some cheese, and an apple and you’ll have a well-rounded, healthy snack. Starbucks sells a version of this, called the Protein Bistro Box, which is great for an on-the-go snack after a workout.
In addition to your snack, don’t forget to hydrate! Water or unsweetened coconut water will help you re-hydrate after a strenuous workout.