Power Up Your Post Workout Snack

New Picture (3)After a strenuous workout a trip into the devilish depths of your refrigerator can be extremely tempting.  While a post exercise snack is extremely important to replenish your energy stores, it is important to choose the right one!  You don’t want to eat back the calories you just worked so hard to burn off without getting maximum benefits.

The key things to keep in mind when choosing a post workout snack is to combine a complex carbohydrate with a lean protein.   These 2 nutrients when paired together will most efficiently replenish your energy stores and get you ready for your next burst of exercise.  Here are some simple and tasty snack ideas that are easy to transport and are perfect for post workout recovery.

  • Plain low fat Greek yogurt with some fresh berries
  • A slice of deli turkey and a 1 oz serving of cheese with an apple or rolled up in a small flour tortilla with salsa
  • A slice of whole grain bread with a tablespoon of peanut butter and sliced banana
  • One cup of low fat chocolate milk
  • 5 Triscuits with a wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese or Babybel Lite Cheese
  • Hummus (1/4 cup) with 5 whole grain crackers or one small whole grain pita bread

All of these snacks are great for a post-workout or mid day boost!  Make sure to pair them with a tall glass of water to replenish the fluid you lost during exercise.  If strenuous exercise, more than 60-90 minutes with the loss of a lot of sweat, a sports drink will help to replenish some of the electrolytes that you may have lost.  Chocolate milk is great for supplying carbs, protein, fluid lost and electrolytes since it is a great source of potassium and has sodium, as well.

What’s your favorite post workout snack?