Regardless of whether you work up a sweat in the morning or evening, chances are you would have grabbed a bit to eat before you hit the gym.
However, did you know that eating a snack after your workout is just as important, maybe even more important? According to Markham Heid, ” You’ll want to eat a meal high in carbs and protein and low in fat roughly three to four hours before you exercise,” whether you’re trying to shed pounds or build muscle. Carbohydrates supply your body with the glycogen it needs for your yoga session, gym visit, or jog.
Here are five snacks to eat post workout:
Protein Shake with Banana
A protein shake made from whey protein, water, and half a banana is a great choice, since your body quickly turns it into energy.
Yogurt and Fresh Berries
Protein makes sense after a workout, since it contains amino acids that help build muscle. Greek yogurt can be used as the protein source; add some berries for carbohydrate-driven energy.
Hummus and Pita
Another great carb/protein combo: Hummus and whole wheat pita. Hummus, a dip made from pureed chickpeas, gives you both a carb and protein fix.
Peanut Butter & Banana on Rice Cakes
If you’re craving something with more substance after a workout, a peanut butter and banana sandwich will work. And while you may usually avoid bananas because they’re too full of sugar, eating one after a workout is just fine.
Apple with Peanut Butter
Probably one the easiest snacks to pull off. One apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter is under 150 calories, which is a perfect place to fall after a workout.