You’ve done the hard work at the gym, and now you’re starving. What’s a girl to eat for maximum recovery and to keep that metabolism firing, long after the last crunch?
Packed full of nutrients and energy, there a lots of awesome foods that will work as hard as you just did! Read on for five healthy, post-workout snacks to wrap your mouth around.
For a quick and easy, protein-packed snack, grab your blender and whip up a nutritious smoothie.
Bananas make the perfect base – they’re rich in a heap of essential nutrients to keep you full and toned. Add ¾ of a cup of berries to half a banana, one scoop of vanilla protein powder, and ½ cup of low-fat, soy or almond milk.
Tip: Adding leafy greens like kale helps lower cholesterol.
The perfect post-workout snack contains protein and carbs to restore energy levels and repair the body. But, remember you don’t want to undo all your good work with a calorie blow out!
A turkey wrap on wholemeal gets the balance just right, with super-lean protein and low-GI carbohydrates for slow release energy. Add some veggies, or use a spinach wrap for a tasty twist.
If you’re not heading straight home or to work after spin, trail mix is a fuss-free snack. For the healthiest option, make your own, using a mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
Nuts are an ideal source of healthy, unsaturated fats, while pumpkin seeds are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Keep an eye on portion sizes, though, as nuts are high in calories.
The humble egg is a protein powerhouse, and a perfect snack at any time of day.
If you’re in a rush, a cold boiled egg or two will fill the hunger gap. But if you have 10 minutes up your sleeve, try making an omelet with tomatoes, a handful of spring onion and a big pinch of turmeric. The bright yellow spice has anti-inflammatory and immune boosting benefits, and adds a yummy flavour hit.
Greek Yoghurt & Fruit
With calcium for healthy bones, yoghurt is a great snack option, provided it has no added sugar. The best choice following a workout is Greek yoghurt, which is higher in protein.
You’ll also need carbs to restore energy levels, so add half a cup of juicy berries or half a banana. For extra crunch, sprinkle with some sugar-free granola.
And… remember to rehydrate! If plain old water isn’t that appealing, sip on a cup SkinnyMint Morning Boost Tea for instant energy, hydration and fruity flavor.
What’s your go-to meal after a big sweat session? Tell us in the comments!
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Health & Wellness August 1, 2016