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Pre and post-workout snacks can be very important for the energy you need during workouts and for muscle recovery after the session is over. Here are some healthy and balanced snacks you can try before and after your workout:
- Avocado Toast with a Boiled Egg - A toasted bread with creamy avocado on top never fails. Hard boil an egg and slice it up on top of the toast to add protein for your workout.
- Peanut butter toast with banana and chia seeds - Healthy snacks can be very tasty with the right combination. Try a toast with peanut butter, chia seeds, and banana slices if you don’t believe it.
- Yogurt and berry parfait - While the recipe sounds fancy, it’s very easy to make. Combine sweet and sour berries of your choice, yogurt, and granola in a cup. That’s it.
- Strawberry parfait with cottage cheese - If you want a light parfait with more healthy fats, try this combo.
- Greek yogurt waffles - Waffles don’t need to be filled with unhealthy ingredients. Make your waffle batter with oatmeal, strawberries, banana, and greek yogurt.
- Whole orange smoothie - Make a protein-packed smoothie by blending a whole orange to retain all the fibers and antioxidants, not just the sugar water.
- Banana nut parfait - Among sweet treats, this is one of the easiest to make and you can make a whole batch and keep them in the refrigerator.
- Apple slices with peanut butter - These are awesome as energy bites and you can make them even more interesting by topping them with raisins and chia seeds.
- Baked omelet with cheese and broccoli - Baking this recipe helps you to divide them into small snack-sized portions. Store them and microwave them before your workout.
- Almond butter and coconut energy bowl - Shredded coconut with almond butter, bananas, eggs, and apples act like grain-free healthy oatmeal.
- Buckwheat peanut butter energy bars - They are a healthy alternative to rice Krispies and rich in protein. You can make them in a big batch and store them for as long as 2 months inside the freezer.
- Peanut butter energy balls - Mix peanut butter with your choice of toasted grains, coconut, and choco chip. Freeze them and divide them into bite-sized balls.
- Mocha protein shake - Top your favorite protein shake with chocolate and coffee to get a quick dose of caffeine before your workout.
- Almond coconut mocha smoothie - Another healthy smoothie with a kick of caffeine to get you going.
- Green Smoothie - Eating a big bowl of salad takes time. Turn it into a smoothie with enough leafy greens, bananas, and apples to save time.
- Orange Mango Smoothie - Blend protein powder with big pieces of orange and apples. It’s even vegan-friendly with no added sugar.
- Avocado tuna salad - Full of protein and great for recovering your muscles.
- Sweet potato protein bars - Combine protein bars with mashed potato of your choice and you get high-quality recovery snacks that have other macronutrients like potassium and vitamin A. you can make a big batch in less than half an hour.
- Chicken hash - The recipe is great for saving money and preventing food wastage. Chop leftover chicken and veggies into small chunks and saute them with salt, oregano, basil, and other herbs to make a paleo-friendly snack.
- Pitta bread with hummus - With no added sugar, it’s a protein-rich snack and if you don’t want to include any carbs, you can swap out the pita bread with bite-sized, healthy dippable ingredients like celery or carrot sticks.
- Eggs, nuts, and carrots - It’s simple, quick, and has all sorts of macronutrients along with healthy fats and protein.
- Trail mix - Making a trail mix at home lets you mix and match ingredients of your choice. However, you need to stick to ingredients that are shelf friendly, have a lot of protein and healthy fats. Think of nuts, dried berries, roasted legumes, etc.
- Quinoa bowl - The complex grain has both protein and carbohydrates and is free from gluten. You can also add chicken, fish, fruits, and veggies to your bowl.
- Grilled salmon with veggies - Grilled salmon with brown rice and broccoli never fails to satisfy you after a workout and it’s great for your tired muscles.
- Roasted chickpeas with jerky - Combine two of the most non-perishable ingredients to make a low-calorie, high protein snack that keeps you full for a long time.