How many times have you left the gym after a hard core workout and then realized you were uber hungry? Too many times. To make this situation worse, there are fast food restaurants within walking distance of just about every gym.
You have to work hard to not succumb to the addictive aroma of meaty burgers and greasy fries.
If you want to tame the lion in your belly, and not sabotage your workout, carry with you snacks that will hold you over until your next meal.
Watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupes are all healthy low calorie fruits that can hold you over and satisfy you post workout. This is a great snack because it’s water based. Sometimes we tend to not drink enough water post workout so eating a fruit that is mostly water will help you out with that for sure. If you’re feeling wild, create a refreshing melon mix.
Fruit & Nut Bar
These bars are easy to travel with and you always want to carry something that is convenient. But not all fruit and nut bars are created equally. Here are three healthy bars to eat post workout that are healthy.
These edible roots have vitamin C, fiber have cancer protection and very diet friendly. You can carry them anywhere, which is perfect. You might usually eat them on a salad, but they make great post workout snacks. They have a little spicey taste, are low in calories so enjoy.
As bananas contain protein they are also good to eat pre workout if so you’re not on an empty stomach, but this is a sweet treat to have post workout
What has more potassium than a banana? An avocado! Avocado or a.k.a. Alligator Pear’s are so versatile and coming in at a whopping 708 mg of potassium blows the banana out the water. Add it to your smoothie, eat it alone, enjoy it on a chicken breast sandwich. You are being warned, avocado’s are high in calories, so don’t make this a frequent post workout snack.
Have you ever ran a race and at the end of the finish line there is a long table filled with fruit and bagels. Well that’s because you have to replenish the glucose stores you lost while running. So if today is your cardio day it’s cool to grab a bagel, but NO cream cheese or butter! The carbs will make your body s-i-n-g.
Still having trouble getting your daily amount of fruit servings in? Well an ice cold fruit smoothie is perfect for a post workout. The combinations are endless, and a smoothie is always refreshing.
Oddly enough some people want something sweet after a hard sweat session. How about protein pancakes! They are so delicious, healthy and low in calories. All you need is 2 eggs, 1 banana and 1 scoop of protein powder. You can add a pinch of baking powder if you like, then mix all the ingredients and cook like regular pancakes.
If you are one of those people who are trying to bulk up or gain weight it’s a must that you eat a certain amount of protein per day. This would be
- 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man.
- 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman.
And you should drink your protein shake within an hour after your workout. Try this pineapple raspberry protein smoothie make it at home and freeze it so it’s chilled and enjoy on your way home from the gym.
If you are sleeping on coconut water then child you need to wake up. You are missing out. You can’t go wrong with coconut water especially after your workout. Coconut water is filled with electrolytes that your body needs post workout. Coconut water replenishes what you sweat out during your workout session. You can either drink it alone or use it as a base for a smoothie. It’s even good to mix half water and half coconut water and drink during your workouts.