Exercising is part of a healthy lifestyle, especially if you mix them with the proper ingredients. Eating healthy means a joyful and “keep the doctor away” type of life. So, leaving the gym or finishing your workout program doesn’t mean end there…a healthy snack right after, can help regenerate your muscles and keep your energy up. And, trust me, you have plenty of options for healthy snacks after gym.
Below I’ve made a list with most easy-to-eat snacks, and also healthy, containing the essential post-workout nutrients.
1. An Apple With Peanut Butter
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A small sliced apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter provides an ideal combination of protein, healthy carbs, and healthy fats to help you recover post-workout.
2. A Protein Bar
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If you want an easy snack you can keep in your gym bag and bite into as soon as you’re done with your sweat session, choose a protein bar. You’ll just want to make sure to choose one with natural ingredients.
3. A Glass of Chocolate Milk
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Chocolate milk, with its ideal ratio of protein and carbs, is a great post-workout snack to assist with fatigued muscles and speed up recovery.
4. Two Eggs
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If your goal is weight loss, eggs are a perfect post-workout (or anytime) snack, especially if you eat the yolk and white. They are packed with protein to keep you full, plus they up your vitamins A, B12, and D, as well as calcium, folate, and omega-3s.
5. A Homemade Smoothie
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After your workout, skip the gym’s cafe smoothies, which are often loaded with more sugar and calories than key nutrients. This high-protein strawberry banana spinach smoothie is a way better option. The recipe is vegan and packed with flavor.
6. A Peanut Butter Sandwich
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Peanut butter sandwiches are more than just a childhood favorite. They make for a healthy post-workout breakfast option that’s loaded with protein, carbs, and potassium.
7. String Cheese
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High in protein and low in fat, string cheese is an excellent option for those craving a slightly salty kick after a workout. Pair it with fruit or whole-grain crackers for a good dose of healthy carbs.
8. Homemade Trail Mix
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Homemade trail mix is a great option when you need a boost of energy, as long as you keep clear of sugary ingredients and stick to dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. Just keep a few bags of your favorite recipe in your gym bag, car, and desk drawer at work.
9. Greek Yogurt With Berries
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If you like a hint of sweetness post-workout, Greek yogurt with berries is a great option that also packs in the protein and calcium. Adding fresh fruit to plain yogurt is a healthier option than choosing the flavored kind.
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