It’s difficult not to be hungry after a workout. You’ve just been in the gym, working hard and sweating away the calories. It is not all that unsurprising that your body wants to refuel. While there are a number of choices you can make for your post workout snack, there are some that stand out above the rest. The important thing is to choose a healthy snack without starving yourself. Denying yourself a post workout snack can leave you even hungrier at your next meal, which could lead to overeating.
Protein shakes are the bread and butter of fitness lovers the world over. Protein is the best choice for your body after a hard workout. Protein will also help you to stay full between meals and give your muscles the nourishment they need to grow strong. Whey protein can be purchased from any health store and a basic protein shake is the powder, water and the fruit of your choice for flavor. This is fast, filling and under 300 calories.
Hummus is another great after workout meal if you are looking for something a little more savory. Hummus is high in protein and loaded with the good fats your body needs. Paired with a few pita triangles you can have a miniature meal that will not have you feeling overly full but still satisfied between meals.
Peanut butter and rice cakes are a great on the go choice after a workout. If you are someone who doesn’t have the luxury of heading home right after your workout and still need to get something in your stomach then this is a great choice. Peanut butter and rice cakes are both items that keep well and can be kept in a locker, a gym bag or even in your car for an emergency or a post workout snack.
Bananas are a great choice if you are looking for something that packs a nutritional punch without making your stomach feel overly full or heavy. A nice sized banana is packed with nutrients and carbs that your body needs post workout. It is a sweet treat that works as a great base for protein shakes or even just on its own as a quick snack to hold you over until your next meal.
No matter what you are looking for in your post workout snack, there is something nutritious and healthy that will be perfect for you.