Top Ten Post Workout Snacks

Top Ten Post Workout Snacks

September 30, 2011   2 Comments

See those fresh young people up there? They have been running (their mouths :)

I couldn't find a "post workout" photo that looked like anyone had actually been working out. They all looked so clean and untouched.

During my workout, my face turns bright red, my hair sticks out and my nose starts running. THAT photo would scare all of you from ever coming back to Snack Girl.

Now, unlike the people photographed above, let's say that you did workout. Should you eat a snack to recover?

The answer lies with you! Most of us, if we are eating a healthy diet and getting enough calories to support our activity level don't NEED a snack after exercise. Personally, I have never felt hungry right after finishing exercising. I do find that I am more hungry as the day continues.

What if you do like to have a post workout nosh? Just keep in mind that just because you exercised - doesn't mean that you can eat anything you want.

Sadly, an hour of walking at 3.5 mph is going to burn just 277 calories. If you had a Snickers bar for your post workout snack, you just added 13 calories to your day.

For your post workout snack, you want a food that will help you recover and keep your tummy from rumbling until mealtime.

The most important recovery need is WATER. You can lose up to 4 cups of water for one hour of moderate exercise so drink up (even more if it is hot outside)!

Here are some high carbohydrate, protein filled, and low fat after workout snack options:

1. greensmoothieb This Green Smoothie Does NOT Taste Like Grass

2. Top Ten Vegan Snacks 2012 Turn Dull Beans Into A Potato Chip Replacement

3. lowcalgranolab Avoid The Cereal Aisle Forever Using This Simple Recipe

4. newenergyb A Grab 'N Go Breakfast With ZERO Added Sugar (and you will love it)

5. muffinpizzab Quick and Healthy Pizza

6. cottagecheesesnackb Mix It Up For A Delicious Snack

7. Appleslicerb The Fastest, Healthiest Snack in the West

8. bananaquesadillab The BEST Post Workout Snack

9. avocadotoastb Try This: Vegan Toast

10. carrotbiteb Create A Better Snack With Carrots

Please share your favorite post workout snacks.

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2 Comments:

All great choices!

on September 30, 2011

best post-workout snack should be protein based. if you are a skinny type trying to put on size then include carbs too, otherwise protein only is best for weight loss.

options include whey protein, fish, chicken, tofu.

the worst thing you can have during a workout is something like gatorade. stick to water, otherwise you will be switching off all the fat burning mechanisms.

the protein will feed the muscles, helping them recover, in turn helping you burn more fat :)

on September 30, 2011


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