7 Best Post-Workout Snacks ...


Whether you hit up the gym in the morning or the evening, chances are you grab a quick bite to eat before breaking a sweat. A little snack before a workout gives you energy and stamina. But did you know that eating a snack after a workout is even more helpful to your body? That's right! It helps your body repair muscle tissue replenish glycogen stores! Here are 7 best post-workout snacks!

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Peanut Butter and Banana on Rice Cakes

Peanut Butter and Banana on Rice Cakes Photo Credit: Mamucium

Rice cakes offer plenty of extra fiber without empty carbs! And peanut butter will give you something a little more substantial to snack on. While bananas are full of sugar, eating one after a workout is nothing to bat an eyelash at because the uptake will be rapid! Your energy will be quickly replenished with this healthy snack!


Yogurt and Fresh Berries

Yogurt and Fresh Berries Photo Credit: RoOoNa

Protein contains amino acids that help build muscle. So it makes a great post-workout snack! Low fat yogurt can pack as much as 15 grams of protein, and the berries give you carbohydrate-driven energy! Now that's a great snack!


Turkey and Cheese with Apple Slices

Turkey and Cheese with Apple Slices Photo Credit: bour3

If you don't feel like making a sandwich, skip the bread and have the fillings on their own! Spread a soft cheese wedge over two or three slices of lean turkey then roll it up for a quick, high protein, eat-on-the-go snack. Add a sliced apple for some energy boosting carbs. You're good to go!


Protein Shake with a Banana

Protein Shake with a Banana Photo Credit: scottfeldstein

After a workout, you want ample protein combined with a carbohydrate. So gulp down a protein shake made from whey protein, water, and half a banana! Your body will quickly convert it into energy and use it to build muscle.


Tuna on Whole Wheat

Tuna on Whole Wheat Photo Credit: SeetYing

What could be more filling after a workout than half a sandwich? And when you choose its filling wisely, you'll be building muscle while you eat, too! Research shows that carbs and protein together have a better response to post-workout recovery. Tuna drizzled with a little lemon juice and olive oil spread over a slice of whole wheat bread is an ideal protein/carb mini-meal.



Oatmeal Photo Credit: Marni Molina

One of the yummiest, simplest snacks to make is oatmeal! It is loaded with protein, refuels the carbs, and it's a good source of fiber. I love the cinnamon maple and brown sugar flavor! Oatmeal is really easy to make and for some reason it's a comfort food.


Grilled Chicken Breast

Grilled Chicken Breast Photo Credit: Betty Crocker Recipes

Think this snack sounds too time-consuming to make? Not if you think ahead! On a Saturday or Sunday night, grill up a few chicken breast sprinkled with lemon, honey and basil. Then pop them in a baggie in the freezer and after a workout, defrost in the microwave! Simple as that. Or if you're not much of a cook, Tyson has pre-cooked chicken strips that taste just as yummy!

The post-workout snack is responsible for replenishing the body with lost sugar and nutrients during a hard, intense workout and helping the body to recover. Research shows that people who have a post-workout snack (particularly one high in protein) will have bigger muscle gains than those that don't after a 30-day period. So eat up and tone down!

Top Photo Credit: SeetYing

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I have got to stop reading these articles on an empty stomach :D you just gave me a great idea Cherith: tuna on naan bread! I love authentic naan bread, it's so yummy and I can imagine tuna (or salmon) spread over it would just be awesome.

Banana and milk is also helpful.

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