Post-Workout Snacks

After you’ve had a great workout, it’s always a good idea to give your muscles the nourishment they need to rejuvenate, repair, and rebuild. Working out causes a lot of stress on the muscles, so it’s always good to nourish your body with something healthy ¬†and nutritious after you’ve exercised. The question is – what’s the best food to snack on post-workout?

Well, in our experience, we’ve found that post-workout snacks should have three components:

  • Protein – this is essential for muscle building as well as restoring your amino acids.
  • Carbohydrates – this gives you energy and is essential for keeping your body moving.
  • Vitamins and Minerals – you want to make sure you’re choosing food that offers nutritional value, not just raw protein and carbohydrates.

Not sure where to start when it comes to finding a great post-workout snack? Here are some of our favorites:

  • Fruit and low fat yogurt
  • Cereal with skim milk
  • Dried fruits and nuts
  • Turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with lettuce and tomato
  • Vegetable omelet
  • Fruit or protein smoothie/shake
  • Baby carrots and hummus
  • Mozzarella cheese stick with grapes
  • Banana and a handful of almonds
  • Apple with a spoonful of peanut butter
  • Popcorn with nuts and dried fruit
  • Cottage cheese and pineapple chunks
  • Chocolate milk
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Whole grain waffle with peanut butter or almond butter
  • Rice cakes topped with almond butter or peanut butter
  • Greek yogurt

What’s your favorite post-workout snack?

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