13 Post-workout Snacks You Won’t Mind Eating

13 Post-workout Snacks You Won’t Mind Eating

Looking for a unique post-workout treat with benefits?

By: Melanie Monroe Rosen

Skip chalky post-workout shakes and tough-to-chew bars in favor of these tasty (and good-for-your-body) snacks.

1. Chocolate Milk
Feel like a kid again (hopefully with all the energy of one) with a glass of low-fat chocolate milk. Multiple studies have shown that chocolate milk is the drink of choice following a workout, as it contains protein to aid in muscle recovery, carbohydrates to replenish muscle glycogen (where the body stores surplus energy for future use) and liquid to help to replace the fluids you just sweated out.

2. Eggs
Eggs are rich in protein (about six grams per large egg), which helps muscles recover and grow. All the more reason to get a workout in before breakfast!

3. Orange Juice
Skip the sports drinks and opt for a glass of orange juice. In addition to vitamin C, orange juice also offers potassium, which is an electrolyte that helps the body regulate fluid levels and also helps prevent muscle cramping.

4. Tart Cherry Juice
Tart cherry juice can help decrease muscle pain and soreness and reduce inflammation, thanks to antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins.

5. Cherries
Dark, sweet cherries contain plenty of antioxidants, which can help reduce muscle inflammation, minimize post-exercise pain and speed recovery.

6. Blueberries
Full of antioxidants, like the anthocyanins also found in tart cherries, blueberries can also help muscles repair themselves after a workout.

7. Dried Fruit and Nuts
If you’re off and running after your workout, a handful or two of dried fruit and nuts can be a great snack option! The nuts supply needed protein and the dried fruit provides simple carbohydrates, which are easy to digest and will help to replenish muscle glycogen.

8. Greek Yogurt
Another easily portable option, Greek yogurt has double the protein of regular yogurt, in addition to ample calcium. Bonus points for mixing in some blueberries or cherries!

9. Bananas
Sweet and delicious, bananas are an easy on-to-go, post-workout snack. They’re also rich in potassium and full of easily digestible carbs, which help to restore glycogen levels after a workout.

10. Fruit Smoothie
Smoothies are a versatile choice and an easy way to rehydrate and speed your recovery with a combination of protein (from yogurt, skim or soy milk) and carbs.

11. Hummus and Whole-grain Pita
The pureed chickpeas in hummus offer a good mix of protein and carbs, and the fiber in the pita will help you stave off the post-workout munchies.

12. Peanut Butter Sandwich
Another great option to stick in your gym bag as an on-the-go snack, a peanut butter sandwich on multigrain bread is a solid snack choice, thanks to its pairing of protein and carbs.

13. Gummy Bears
Yep, you read that right: a handful of gummy bears actually makes for a good post-workout snack because they’re made of high glycemic carbs (the same kind found in instant oatmeal, which is much less fun to eat!) that will help replenish glycogen.

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Great tips. I will definitely try them

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