Do you feel like you need a bit more energy to enhance your workouts? Treat yourself to one of these delicious and healthy snacks for before and after workouts and boost your exercises and routines!
Peanut Butter and Apple Slices
What can be yummier than taking your favorite spread and favorite fruit and combining them in a super healthy and mouth-watering snack? All you have to do is take one medium sized apple, slice it up, and spread two tablespoons of peanut butter on them (make sure that the peanut butter is all-natural). This is a fantastic snack before you start your workout, so eat up and hit the gym with energy!
Raisins and Pistachios
Prevention.com explains that “about a quarter-cup of any dry-roasted nut provides just the right amount of protein and good-for-you fats”. Pistachios, in particular, are packed with potassium, a mineral that your body loses by sweating. Combine them with carb-filled raisins and you have yourself the ideal workout snack you can munch on without worrying.
When working out, you can always go for the old school fruit cup alternative. It’s easy to find and prepare if you are on the run, so slice up a banana (422 mg of Potassium, 27 g of carbohydrates, 1.3 g of protein, 20% DV Vitamin B-6, 17% DV Vitamin C, 8% DV Magnesium), an orange (237 mg Potassium, 15 g carbs, 1.2 g protein, 116% DV Vitamin C, and 5% DV each of Vitamin C, Calcium and Vitamin B-6) and some berries for an awesome and nutritious snack.
Cottage Cheese and Pineapples
Cottage cheese is known for being low in calories but high in protein, so it’s natural that it would serve as an excellent workout snack. If you combine cottage cheese with a nutritious fruit like pineapple slices (79% of your daily recommended amount of Vitamin C, as well as 109 mg of potassium, 13 g of total carbohydrates and 0.5 g of protein, among other nutrients), you will have yourself the perfect snack for staying fit.
This list is becoming more and more appetizing, isn’t it? For a mouth-watering workout treat, slice up one medium sized banana and add a cup of low fat milk. Combine the two ingredients for a heavenly milkshake that will give you the nutrients you need to take your workouts to the next level. Drink up, enjoy and push your limits!
Yogurt and Pretzels
My Fitness Pal offers us a delicious solution to getting the proteins we need for successful workouts: yogurt and pretzels. They recommend “1 oz. pretzels dipped in 6 oz. low-carb (protein-rich) yogurt”, which should add up to around 12 grams of protein in the snack at the end. A hundred grams of pretzels will offer you 80 grams of total carbs, a whopping 1,266 mg of sodium, 136 mg of potassium and an amazing 28% of your daily recommended value of iron. A hundred grams of non-fat Greek yogurt will offer you 141 mg of potassium and 10 gr of protein, as well as 13% DV Vitamin B-12 and 11% DV Calcium.
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