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​6 Smart Snacks for After Your Workout

​6 Smart Snacks for After Your Workout

Monday, 17th October 2016

Replenish your energy after your workout with these smart snacks from Health and Fitness Coach - Jamie Lloyd.
Whether you work up a sweat in the morning or evening, chances are you need a little boost before you hit the gym. A snack before you train helps give you energy and stamina to go that extra rep or set. But did you know that eating a snack after you work out is even more important? "You want to make sure you feed your body to help repair muscle tissues and replenish glycogen stores [which are depleted after a strenuous workout]," says Jamie Lloyd a Health and Fitness Coach based in SW London. 
 
Here's six top snacks to fuel your body post workout....
 
  • Protein Shake with Banana
"After a workout, you want ample protein combined with a carbohydrate," says Jamie. A protein shake made from whey protein, water, and half a banana is a great choice, since your body quickly turns it into energy.
Recommended Serving Size: 2 scoops of whey protein powder combined with water and 1/2 banana, 250 calories


 
  • Almond Butter & Banana on Rice Cakes
If you're craving something more substantial after a workout, a healthy almond butter and banana sandwich will fit the bill. Instead of bread, smooth your almond butter onto two brown rice cakes for extra fiber (without empty carbs). And while you may usually avoid bananas because they're too full of sugar, eating one after a workout is just fine. "This is one of the only times I recommend a high-glycemic carbohydrate source such as banana, because it will replenish your energy quickly says Jamie.
 
Recommended Serving Size: 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp. Almond butter, and 2 brown rice cakes, 215 calories
 
 
  • Hummus and Carrots 
Another great snack is Hummus and carrots. Hummus, a dip made from pureed chickpeas, gives you both carbs and protein. Coupled with the slow-release energy from the carrots, it makes for a snack that'll keep you fueled for a few hours.
Recommended Serving Size: 1/4 cup hummus with several carrots 275 calories
 

 
Protein makes sense after a workout, since it contains amino acids that help build muscle. "Your muscles are depleted of amino acids after a workout, so you need an adequate supply of protein to help build them up," says Jamie. Low-fat yogurt can pack nearly 15 grams of protein; add some berries for carbohydrate-driven energy.
Recommended Serving Size: 200g of Yogurt yogurt with 1/2 cup berries, 180 calories
 
 
  • Dried Fruit, Nuts and Seeds
Never underestimate the impact a handful of these little guys can have on your body. Nuts, seeds and dried fruit are little punches of what you need after a hard workout.
Healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, these are perfect for snacking on in the car, on the go or at the gym. They also taste great sprinkled on porridge, salads and yoghurt!



Jamie Lloyd
Fitness Writer
Award Winning Fit Pro
International Best Selling Author
British Kettlebell Champion 
Contact@jamielloydfitness.com for Coaching & Press
 

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