I don’t know about you, but I am generally hungry all the time. I noticed, too, when I started doing more activity, naturally my hunger monster got bigger. This is especially true when it comes to right after I get done at the gym or doing activity. If you are looking for a snack that won’t blow all that time you just spent working out but will actually help you feel better and satisfied, check out these 8 amazing post workout snacks.
1. Air Popped Popcorn- I love to eat this with a little bit of nutritional yeast sprinkled on top. Nutritional yeast (sometimes called ‘Nooch’) gives the popcorn a savory, nutty and cheesy flavor that can’t be beat and it is a perfect post workout snack topping because it has 8 grams of protein per heaping teaspoon. Plus, popcorn is one of those snacks that you can have 3 cups of and it’s a serving!
2. Apple Slices with Sunflower Butter- This snack will give you a satisfying crunch and replace some protein so you can give your post workout muscles what they need to build. Plus, sunflower butter is slightly lower in fat than peanut butter.
3. Almonds- these are a perfect snack to take with you on the go so you can pop them in your mouth as soon as you leave the gym. They are super portable and often, you can buy them in bulk to save money.
4. Banana Protein Shake- Banana helps with muscle fatigue pain and it is perfect to add to a smoothie for a post workout treat. Keep some banana sliced in your freezer for a quick and easy snack when you come back. For an extra protein boost, try adding greek yogurt to your smoothie.
5. Hummus with Celery and Carrots- Hummus packs a good amount of protein and it is a great snack for post workout time. If carrots aren’t your thing, look for rice cakes or low carb whole grain crackers.
6. Tuna ‘Salad’ on Whole Wheat Pita- Tuna has a good amount of protein in it and you can make a lower fat, healthier version of tuna salad with some lemon or lime juice and a bit of light olive oil as well as pepper, chili powder and granulated garlic.
7. Chocolate Milk- yes, you heard me right. Chocolate milk has been shown to be a great post workout snack because it has both carbs and protein and the milk can help restore muscles. Just try to keep it to a small 6 to 8 oz glass.
8. Blueberries and Low Fat Cheese- low fat cheese is a good source of protein (keep it to 1-2 oz) and the blueberries provide antioxidants that can aid in muscle recovery. Eat ½ cup to ward off muscle cramps within ½ hour or exercise.
Written By Christine Tolhurst from Saved By Grace Blog
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