Everyone has cravings, especially if you work out a lot, but it’s often hard to resist the urge not to satisfy your cravings. However, sometimes it’s okay to give in and give your body the snacks you crave after working out, but you can stick to the healthy things that won’t make you feel like you cheated. So, here are some of the healthy and simple snack ideas for your post-workout cravings.
Quinoa Peanut Butter Snack Balls
If you want a simple but protein-packed snack, you should rely on the so-called power balls. For example, these quinoa peanut butter snack balls have only 5 ingredients and you probably have them all already in your kitchen. Most of the protein is provided from quinoa in this snack, and they have some extra bonus power since they have only 36 calories and less than a gram of sugar. Plus, they are delicious, gluten-free and vegan! There are dozens of similar DIY workout snack recipes you can try, and many of them come in the same shape. Plus, your kids are going to love them as well.
Oatmeal Raisin Protein Bars
For those of you who still like some chocolate in their snacks, here are some great oatmeal protein bars with raisins. Oatmeal is there to provide you with good carbs and protein, while raisins will give you a nice flavour that is perfect to pair with chocolate. Also, there is plenty of cinnamon flavour that will remind you of raisin cookies. What is best about these protein bars is that they will keep you filled with energy and full for quite some time, which makes them a perfect snack for before or after an intense workout.
Tuna Salad on a Cracker
Tuna salad is great, but it can turn into a full meal, which is perfect for some other occasions. However, when it comes to snacks you want something small that you can eat easily and quickly before your workout. So, put your tuna salad on a cracker and don’t only serve it as an appetizer, but eat it as a great delicious workout snack. What is more, these are a great substitution for a tuna salad sandwich, for those of you who don’t want to commit to bread. To make things even better, if you don’t want those carbs from crackers, you can completely switch them with a lettuce cup. The options here are really endless and whatever you do, you will end up with a delicious bite-size tuna snack. The only thing that is important here is that you use quality tuna and mayonnaise to get the best nutritional value. Plus, you can add some freshly chopped celery for that extra crunch.
Pre-Workout Green Smoothie
Everybody loves smoothies, and it’s no wonder because they make great fuel for your workouts. And they’re delicious! Also, they are easy to make and easy to consume. So, if you’re not big on prepping meals and snacks, this is the right solution. You can also make a variety of smoothies of dozens of different ingredients, but the green ones are just perfect to drink before your workout. The green leafy veggies that go in these smoothies are filled with nutrients, good carbs and healthy fats and protein you need for a successful workout. Besides giving you enough energy, they are also great for your health since they have all the necessary vitamins and minerals mixed in them.
Cinnamon Rolls Protein Cereal Bars
If you love cinnamon rolls and rice crispies, then this is your snack! This recipe requires only 4 easy ingredients that you probably already have at your disposal, you don’t have to bake anything and they are delicious. These cereal bars are filled with protein, they are gluten-free and vegan, and they contain no dairy products, which altogether makes them perfect for everyone. So, if you’re tired of those premade cereal bars filled with processed sugar, then you should definitely try making these and always have a snack ready before or after your workout. The only secret here to remember is to use nut-butter so the cereal will bind together nicely. Plus, the icing drizzle is also packed with protein, since it can be made with vanilla protein powder, cinnamon and a liquid of your choice.
Everyone loves snacks. They are easy to make, easy to eat, carry wherever you’re going and they are delicious. However, instead of eating just anything for your pre or post-workout snack, you should rely on these ones because they are filled with protein and many other nutrients that you certainly need to keep you energized.
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