It probably comes as no surprise that fueling up before and after workouts is essential to getting the most out of your fitness routine. Providing your body with the energy it needs is just as important (if not more important) than the workout itself.
So before you go out for your next workout, make sure you have a good nutrition and hydration plan. Or at least some good, healthy workout snacks tucked away in your gym bag!
And if you’re tired of opting for the same bars and shakes that you always eat, try out these 5 energy and nutrient packed workout snacks that are sure to give your taste buds a nice treat:
Pop these fiber-packed seeds into your blender and whip up your favorite smoothie! Or check out the array of healthy chia snacks, like bars and clusters, and even drinks out on the market – there’s so much to choose from, just make sure the ingredients are real foods!
Nut Butter and Fruit
Whether you’re a BIG almond butter fan, die-hard peanut-butter lover, or sunflower seed butter enthusiast, nut butters pack a whole lot of protein and satiating nutrients to help fuel up your body post-workout. Spread your fave flavor on a slice of toast with banana slices, or dig in with some apple slices or crackers — they’re delicious with just about everything! Check out Wild Friends Nut Butters for a fun twist on nut butters – they come in all kinds of delicious flavors – like Cinnamon Raisin and my personal fave Vanilla Espresso (yes, please) – and are all natural, to boot!
Topped with fruit, nuts, or hemp seeds, yogurt is a treasure trove of protein, vitamins and nutrients. And its thick, creamy texture is an added bonus! Plus, you can dress it up with nut butters, fruit or even dip your veggies in it for extra nutrition.
Pretzels & Hummus
For endurance athletes or workouts that last longer than an hour, pretzels can be a great way to replenish some of the sodium lost during your workout. Plus, they are a simple carb, meaning they’ll give you quick fuel, and make great scoops for your favorite hummus which is a protein bomb your muscles will be craving after a sweaty workout.
Didn’t see this one coming, did ya? Like pretzels, olives are great for an extra sodium boost after a sweat-tastic workout. Check out Pearls Olives, which can come in super convenient on-the-go containers. Pair these with a bit of cheese and cherry tomatoes and boom, you’ve got a super healthy & extra-yummy snack!
It’s always fun to try out new snack options. You never know, you might find your next favorite go-to snack or find one that’s an extra treat to reward yourself with after a grueling workout. So give these a try and see what you think!