One of the toughest things to do when you’re on a diet is have access to healthy snack options at all times of the day. The list below is consists of mostly portable snacks that does not require refrigeration or a lot of time to make. I don’t know about you, but I am very busy and I try to sneak in my workouts when I can. I may or may not have an opportunity to whip up other good-for-you post gym snacks like sweet potatoes or quinoa.
So if you’re always on the go, check out my five favorite go-to snacks after an intense workout.
I like almonds because they’re easy to store and have a lot of protein. Protein is needed to help repair muscles after a grueling workout, so having 6 grams that you can immediately pop in your mouth is a major plus! This post-workout snack has 160 calories for about 22 almonds and 3 grams of fiber…snack away!
Hammer Oatmeal Apple Bar
I’m usually not a huge fan of brands that try to make an oatmeal bar because it usually tastes like crap. But Hammer’s Oatmeal Apple Bar is actually tasty despite not having any preservatives, peanuts or soy in them. With 182 calories and 4 grams of protein, this post workout snack is perfect for anyone who loves the taste of baked goods without all of the calories and sugar.
Kashi Honey Almond Flax Chewy Granola Bar
I like to refer to the Kashi’s Honey Almond Flax Chewy Granola Bar as my power bar. When I trained for a half marathon last year, I ate one of these bars after almost every workout. This bar is packed with almonds (good for repairing muscles), Flax (good for reducing inflammation caused from running long distances), Granola (keeps you full longer), and Honey (makes all the healthy stuff palatable). This bar has 140 calories, 7 grams of protein, and a whopping 11 grams of whole wheat.
ZonePerfect Chocolate Almond Raisin Bar
While it’s not the tastiest bar of the bunch, it does have the most protein per serving! With 15 grams of protein and vitamins like A, C and B12, this bar will fill you up fast and help to restore muscle wear and tear. It is 210 calories per serving, so beware of eating it too often, but it can definitely give you the energy you need on the weeks where you’re struggling to make it through a workout and need that extra kick afterwards.
Peanut Butter on Wheat Bread (1 tablespoon and 1 slice of honey wheat bread).
Okay, so this snack will require a few extra steps than the other ones I’ve suggested. All you will need is a Jif To Go Peanut Butter snack size cup, one piece of honey wheat bread, and a plastic knife (to spread the peanut butter). Peanut butter is notorious for its high calorie and fat content, but sometimes you want something that tastes good! Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on a piece of honey wheat toast and that should fill you up until dinner. And…it’ll taste good! Clearly this is an every once in a while snack, but you deserve it!