Whether you like to shake it in Zumba (like I do), build muscle in muscle mix, sweat it out in cycle, or hit the machines, a hearty snack is very important after working out to help repair muscle tissues and replenish glycogen stores. A sensible snack should include a source of complex carbohydrates as well as protein but is low in fat.
Here are some post-workout snack ideas that really pack a punch:
1) Greek yogurt and fresh berries: Yogurt gives you a good source of protein and a small amount of fat while the fruit gives you a boost of carbohydrates, vitamins and fiber. Spice up your snack with different flavors of yogurt and seasonal fruit.
2) Sliced banana with peanut butter: A banana offers a source of complex carbohydrates and contains potassium, which helps to reduce muscle cramps. Peanut or almond butter (if you prefer) offers muscle-building protein and a source of healthy fats.
3) Cheese and Crackers: If you’re craving something salty after working out, cheese and crackers is the perfect match. Choose crackers that are high in fiber (> 5g of fiber per 4 crackers) and pair them with a low fat cheese. You can’t go wrong with this combination of complex carbohydrates and protein.
Not enthralled by these suggestions? Check out the free Healthy Snack App on your smart phone for hundreds of snack ideas, expert advice and support from your community. Snack Appis one of the many free online health tools available to help you eat right, feel great and accomplish your goals!
Until next time, remember to eat well, be fit, and have fun!
Carly Hochman, RD