Looking for some snack ideas to fuel your workout and replenish your body after your workout? We’ve rounded up some of our favorites from Greatist.com’s post on their top 50. These snacks are easy to assemble at work/home and require minimal ingredients!
About 30-60 minutes before your evening workout session, provide your body with simple carbs for quick energy that will help boost your workout. And no, that does not mean polishing off the leftover bag of Cheetos that’s been staring at you in the office kitchen all day (we’ve all been there).
1) Strawberry Yogurt Parfait: Top ¼ cup nonfat yogurt with ½ cup whole grain cereal or granola and ½ cub fresh sliced strawberries. Heading to the gym right after work? Create your parfait in a disposable coffee cup for an on-the-go snack that you’re sure to devour before you reach the gym!
2) Fruit & Cottage Cheese: Another great snack that would be perfect to layer in a disposable cup to take on the road! Top a ½ cup of cottage cheese with some fresh pineapple, blueberries, or melon.
3) Peanut Butter Apple Dippers: Slice a medium apple and serve with 2 tablespoons of all-natural peanut butter! For added flavor, toss your sliced apples in a Ziploc bag with a pinch or two of cinnamon. Shake the bag to coat the apples in cinnamon, then dip the slices in peanut butter. Warning, this snack can get messy, best not eat while reviewing important business documents!
So you’re done with your spin class and you’ve never sweated so much in your life! Time to refuel to help your body replenish nutrients and rebuild muscle, you know what that means – protein, protein, protein!
1) Green Monster Smoothie: There’s a reason why this one is one of our favorites, you can blend spinach with a bunch of random ingredients and it doesn’t taste like you’re drinking 4 CUPS of spinach! Blend 4 cups spinach, ½ cup plain or vanilla yogurt, 1 cup almond milk, 1 banana, and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter with ice. You could also sub spinach for another leafy green like kale!
2) Bananarama: A medium sliced banana with 1 cup of low fat milk. That was easy, right?
3) Chocolate Milk: Making a quick pit stop at home before heading to your child’s soccer game? Recover by filling a Nalgene with 2 cups of low-fat chocolate milk for a sweet snack packed with extra carbs and protein. Go ahead, mix in a scoop of whey protein too!
More snack ideas can be found here. Whichever snack you choose to fuel your body, remember to watch the sugar content, plus the less processed the food is, the better!