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Have you ever left your workout feeling like you’re on top of the world…and then those hunger pangs start kicking in? Your stomach is still doing jumping jacks, you feel light headed, and you’re ready to eat everything in sight. Yeah, we know that feeling. Which is why we’re bringing you this article on 6 balanced snacks you can eat after your workout session!
When thinking about post-workout snacks, aim for a balance of protein and carbohydrates. You want to repair those muscles, while also getting a boost of quick energy into your system.
For those of you wondering, well how often should I be working out? We generally recommend about 150 minutes of moderate cardio per week and 2 days of strength training. Cardio would be things like running, zumba, and dance, while strength training would be any weight lifting, working with resistance bands, or squats. We understand that life gets in the way though, and so it’s important to set realistic goals when thinking about exercise.
It’s also important that you to find activities that you love and find pleasure in doing. Try out a variety of different exercises, classes, videos, or activities and find what speaks to you most!
Alright, ready to workout? Let’s talk about what you’ll be fueling up with once you’re done.
1. Nourishing Post-Workout Smoothie:
Before you start working out, take 5 minutes to blend up some fruit, almonds, and your favorite liquid base. Aim to prepare the smoothie right before you workout, so it’s not sitting out for too long. I typically prepare mine with 1 cup of frozen berries, ¼ cup of almonds, and use 2 cups of soy milk as my liquid base. This is one of my favorite post-workout snacks because it provides a great balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrate. Sometimes I may add chia seeds or flax seeds for additional fiber and protein!
2. Tuna Kale Wraps:
These wraps take a few minutes to whip up, and you can incorporate them as part of your meal prep routine. Grab 2 large kale leaves, and stuff them with 2 ounces of tuna and ¼ cup of hummus or ¼ cup of your favorite beans. Season with your favorite spices and enjoy! Kale is packed with vitamins A, C, and K and is also a great source of iron, folate, B vitamins, calcium, manganese, and fiber. Consumption of dark, leafy greens (like kale) has also been shown to lower the risk of…