4 Delicious Post-Workout Snacks For Recovery

If you’re anything like me, you love having some sort of snack after a workout.  READ: 9 Healthier Versions of Your Favorite Junk Foods Post-workout is an ideal time to eat a small meal with both protein and carbohydrates to help repair and build muscles and replenish your energy stores, respectively. It’s best to eat within 60 minutes of finishing a workout because that’s when your muscles are most receptive. READ: Hungry Before Dinner? 5 Smart Snacks to Hold You Over Here are some of my favorites:

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    Chocolate Milk

    Chocolate milk is an awesome post-workout snack, and it’s delicious, too. I like Organic Valley chocolate milk served ice-cold after I go for a long run or do a power Vinyasa class. I pour it over a large glass of ice and savor it as I cool off. Research also shows that drinking chocolate milk after a strenuous workout may help lessen muscle damage and aid in recovery.
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    Strawberries and Cream

    The cream is healthy Greek yogurt sweetened with stevia. I love Fage 2-percent Greek yogurt mixed with a small dash of stevia (or sweetener of your choice) topped with sliced strawberries. Or, you can make a dip and swirl each strawberry in it. Greek yogurt is loaded with protein — between 15 and 20 grams per container depending on the brand and size — and strawberries have antioxidants that can also protect your cells against damage.
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    Banana Smoothie

    Bananas are chock full of potassium which helps keep your muscles from cramping. Potassium is the main electrolyte that powers muscles, so adding it to a whey protein shake makes for an amazing recovery drink. Whey’s amino acids are quickly absorbed by muscles, boosting recovery and growth. I make mine with one scoop of whey protein powder, one frozen banana, ice, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
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    Kind Strong Roasted Jalapeño Almond Protein Bar

    This new bar from Kind has 10 grams of protein and it’s made with 100 percent whole ingredients: almonds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, pea crisps (made with pea protein isolate) and spices. The jalapeno flavor has a great kick to it and there’s no weird, chalky, artificial taste like some protein bars have. Almonds are a good source of vitamin E and antioxidants which can help fight damage caused by inflammation. I find this bar is perfect after a strength-training workout as I always crave something savory after a good sweat. Great for when you’re on the road and need to pack something with you easily.
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