5 Restoring Post-Workout Snacks
One of the most crucial things we can do to help our bodies benefit from a good workout is replenish with the proper nutrients afterwards. While it might seem counterintuitive, eating within 30 minutes after a workout can actually help boost the metabolism, allowing it to burn more fat and promote muscle repair.
If you exercise in the morning, you can easily refuel with a quick breakfast but if you’re like me and sweat in the evenings, it can be hard to make it home in time and prepare dinner within that 30 minute window. To solve that problem I like to have a few go-to low calorie snacks on hand to help restore my energy levels while I shower and make dinner.
Most nutritionists recommend a small serving of complex carbohydrates that’s high in protein and low in fat so I always try to keep that in mind.
Here’s a list of my current favorites:
1. Carrots with Hummus- You can always find a container of hummus and baby carrots in my fridge! I’m a hummus fiend. :) This combo works great for restoring energy because the carrots are a good source of vitamins and carbohydrates and the hummus provides protein. Done and done.
2. Sliced Apple with Nut Butter- Apples and peanut butter are a childhood favorite for me and just like the carrots and hummus, they’re a great light and healthy pair to help refuel.
3. Handful of Mixed Nuts- Mixed nuts are another convenient source of carbohydrates and protein but because they’re high in fat and calories, it’s important to keep the serving small. I usually limit it to no more than a handful.
4. Glass of Chocolate or Vanilla Soymilk- Silk’s Vanilla Soymilk is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and it offers 8 grams of plant-powered protein per serving which makes it a great option to help muscles repair after exercise. Plus, it doesn’t get much easier than pouring a glass of milk!
5. Hard Boiled Eggs- I try to boil a few organic pastured eggs every week to have on hand for a quick and easy high-protein snack. Because they’re low in carbohydrates, I usually pair them with a small piece of fruit or green juice to help restore glycogen levels.
What are some of your favorite snacks to eat after a workout?
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