After sweating it out in the gym, it is but normal to feel ravenous. You, after all need to refuel, after having burned all those calories. But feeling ravenous does not mean binging!
Come on, we are in no way implying that losing weight is equal to starving. Eat, but eat the right food and in the right portions—that’s not too hard! Carbs are quintessential for a post workout snack along with sufficient amounts of proteins and fat. If your workout duration is 60 minutes, then your snack should be at least 200 calories. Another thing to keep in mind while snacking is that the stuff that goes into your body are easily digestible.
Confused? Here, let us help you! Here are 10 healthy workout snacks ideas for you! Try them after your workout to keep those hunger pangs away:
Best 10 Healthy Workout Snacks
1. Almonds, Yogurt And Whole Wheat Bread:
A handful of almonds are a tasty, portable snack that doesn’t require refrigeration—the perfect post lunch snack for sure. However, these alone won’t qualify as a good post workout snack. Pair them up with a cup of low fat yogurt and 2 slices of whole wheat bread packed with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions for a wholesome bite.
2. Fruit And Low Fat Milk:
Milk gives you a good dose of protein along with a small amount of fat, while the fruit provides a boost of carbohydrates, vitamins, and fiber. You can pick up berries, pineapples, or apple and even add a dash of cocoa powder [zero sugar] to your milk. One of the healthy post workout snacks!
3. Protein Shake And Banana:
Make use of a zero sugar added whey protein powder to prepare your shake. Mix about 2 scoops of this powder in 200 ml skim milk or even water. Pack this along with ½ a banana and munch your way to refuel yourself. Never opt for slow release protein powders.
Eggs give you protein that provides energy while collaborating in muscle building. You should include this option in the list of healthy foods after workout! Load your omelet with veggies, including onions, broccoli, tomatoes, and carrots and flavor with some herbs. Chuck out salt. Add ¼ tsp butter while making the toast for that fat benefit. Tuck into a whole grain fat-free toast and munch on.
A ripe banana with 1 cup low fat milk – that is my favorite post workout snack. Packed with energy, this awesome combination is a good source of carbohydrate, potassium, calcium, and even protein to a certain extent. Want some added protein benefits? Add 2 almonds to your shake and flavor with a little honey.
6. Almond Butter, Banana, And Finger Millet Pancake:
Unusual combo, but a tasty one! Just add ½ a tsp homemade almond butter, free from sugar and other preservatives. Make a vegetable finger millet pancake, free from fat, with a little salt and water. Spread your almond butter and slices from half a banana, roll it, and eat it. There you have it—the perfect healthy snacks after a workout!
7. Cottage Cheese Wraps:
Grate some cottage cheese and mix with mint and coriander chutney and flavor it with a little lemon juice and black pepper. Roll the mixture in a whole wheat flatbread along with some fresh vegetables, including cucumber, zucchini, and bell peppers. Yummy! I don’t have words how it feels to eat such an energizing, healthy, and tasty snack.
8. Oats Porridge:
Prepare it with skimmed milk. About 2 tbsp oats simmered in skimmed milk, flavored with cinnamon, and served along with fresh fruits! You can add 4 walnuts or 5 almonds to this porridge. If you do not wish to enjoy a sweet snack, then cook oats in water, add a little sour yogurt, steamed veggies, and flavor with assorted spices and herbs! And, do not forget to add plain roasted groundnuts.
9. Chocolate Milk:
You must have gulped your way and emptied glasses of your favorite chocolate drink as a kid. Drink the same now after your workout. The difference – no sugar, instead opt for skim milk. And for carbs, choose a rice cake which gives you about 40 calories plus oodles of raw veggies or fruits. Add 8 almonds for that protein punch in your after workout snack.
Granola is a quick and tasty on-the-go healthy snack to eat after workout. Oats, orange juice, flax seeds, and honey – quick mix and store it. Add dried fruits, in moderate amounts, to get that protein, fat, and iron. Mix it with a cup of low fat milk or yogurt or just munch a handful. It is quite a calorie dense snack, so just mind your portion size.
Do not eat the same snack every day after your workout. You will get bored and end up overeating. Keep changing. There are countless varieties that you can experiment with, provided you are ready to mix and match as per your requirements and taste. Just a word of caution – try to make one at home instead of grabbing a tempting energy bar from the store.
So what do you eat after your workout? Which of these healthy post workout snacks will you try? Share with us right below.