After a hard workout, we get hungry. (Well, who am I kidding, I’m hungry a lot of the time, but let’s not go there.) We want to eat something tasty to refuel. If we’re not careful, it’s easy to counteract all of that hard hard work with a snack that is too high in calories or fat. If the workout is carried out away from home, there’s a risk that the drive home will include a trip through a drive thru.
Obviously, fries or donuts or muffins do not lead to a positive post-workout experience. So then, what should a smart person do for their ‘snack after workout’ treat?
The answer, of course, is to plan ahead, and bring some quick and easy snacks with you. A little bit of preparation ahead of time will lead to a much happier snack after the workout.
Variety is the spice of life, so pack a few options. I got this cool stainless steel lunchbox from a company called Planetbox that helps keep all my snacks neatly compartmentalized.
Here are some ‘snack after workout’ options to get you thinking:
I’ve got some dates. No prep required.
Celery and cucumber sticks. Takes 5 seconds to chop up. Dip is nice too.
Some Raw Fruit & Veg
I have cantaloupe, kiwi fruit, and tomato wedges.
I have a piece of frittata from last night’s dinner. Boiled potatoes and cooked broccoli are diced and added to sauteed onions and garlic in a cast iron pan; eggs are poured over top. Cook at 350° for about 30 min or so.
A Treat or Two
I have some almonds and a slice of candied ginger.