So you’re getting into shape. Everyone knows that means hitting the gym…but are you short-changing your workout by not properly fueling your body afterward? Proper nutrition after a workout replenishes your energy stores, helps repair muscle damage that occurred during your workout, and lessens muscle soreness. It also leads to a quicker recovery, so you can hit your next workout as hard as you can. Life is busy, and I get that you’re not always gonna have time to make a post-workout meal or snack to refuel with. Here’s a list of my favorite quick-’n-easy snacks that you can keep in your gym bag, so you can always refuel your body right.
iFit Nutrition Meal Replacements
iFit Nutrition is our top-of-the-line meal replacement drink, and it’s my top choice for a quick snack after a workout. I know it sounds like I’m just promoting our own products, but as a nutritionist, I can tell you about the meticulous work we put in to make sure it contains everything your unique body needs. All you need to do is add liquid, and you’ve got an excellent post-workout refueling drink! I like to keep some pre-measured in a shaker bottle in my gym bag. I just add water, and voilà! I have the perfect post-workout snack that was designed especially for me. And since it’s a liquid, I know that my muscles are going to be able to quickly get the nutrients they need.
Since you can buy individual packages of nut butters, I like to keep a few in my bag, along with different items I can enjoy them with like dates, rice cakes, apples, or bananas.
For a crunchy protein source, I like to snack on roasted chickpeas. High in protein and fiber, they make a great option to keep on hand. Whether you buy them or make them yourself, you can enjoy them in a variety of flavors.
Trail mix is an easy choice, because you can either buy an individual package, or you can make your own. Mine are made up of mainly nuts and dried fruit.
Crackers and tuna or chicken
If you haven’t been down the aisle where the tuna and canned chicken are kept, you may want to take a gander. They now come in individual foil packets and a variety of flavors. They even have some you can buy in cups that come with crackers ready to be topped, or you can buy your own whole grain cracker.
So good luck with your post-workout snacks, and happy munching!
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WARNING: This post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. iFit assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.