A healthy post-workout snack designed around the content of your workout can make or break your overall results. Just as much as you need to fuel your body, you need to replenish it. Read on for great post-workout snacks, catered to what you focused on in your workout from strictly cardio to weight lifting.
If you did cardio…
A cardio-intense workout like going on a run or doing interval training means that you need to replenish fluids and go for healthy carbohydrates.
One great snack is oatmeal and milk with a sliced banana. Another option is whole grain toast with cottage cheese and jam. Lastly, a glass of milk and a banana and greek yogurt is another great choice.
If you did strength and cardio…
If you added weight lifting to your cardio workout, you will want to strive for a 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio for your post-workout snack. In total, about 70 grams of carbs and 20 grams of protein.
Your best option for this workout is a protein shake with lots of fruit and yogurt, or try a sweet potato with greek yogurt. A salmon filet with a side of fruit is also a healthy alternative.
If you did strictly strength…
If your workout consisted of pure weightlifting, your post-workout snack should focus on protein to rebuild your muscles and jump start the toning process!
There are many options when it comes to a post-weightlifting snack. First, try a vegetarian omelette with a side of salsa or dark greens, or opt for this with egg whites. Another option is tofu with dark greens and asparagus or broccoli. Lastly, a chicken breast or tilapia with broccoli is another great alternative.
What do you think?
What is your favorite post-workout snack? Are there more snacks you would like to add to our list above? What is your workout schedule? Share with us in the comments box below.