It is very important to eat after a good workout. To replenish energy, to replenish our body’s nutrient sources and to satiate our appetite.
I’ve noticed that many don’t focus on this part or just stick to the usual protein shake routine. Which gets old for many. But it doesn’t have to.There are other options you can explore, aside from a protein shake.
These options will provide you with useful nutrients and satisfy your palate and your ‘tummy’. Your post-workout snack/s can include;
1. Greek Yogurt with a fruit (like Strawberry, yes, it’s a fruit, not a berry) or nuts (like walnuts).
With around 10-15 grams of protein in it, and only 3-6 grams of sugar, It’s a pretty good source of all the nutrition your body needs after an intense physical activity. Adding strawberry to it, will create not only a healthy, but a really tasty post-workout snack.
2. Peanut Butter and Banana Toast (Whole grain).
Everyone knows the benefits of peanut butter and bananas. With bananas being high in magnesium and peanut butter’s high protein content, you’ll have a complete delicious, nutritious post- workout meal that will keep you satiated for hours.
3. Avocado Toast (Whole grain). Avocado being a good source of potassium and Fiber, makes a great post-workout snack. Avocado spreads are extremely delicious! You can do all sorts of stuff with it. Here’s a recipe you can try out and enjoy https://natashaskitchen.com/open-faced-avocado-spread-sandwiches/
4. Cottage Cheese.With high protein content, low sugar, good amount of Vitamin B-12 and Potassium, Cottage cheese makes for a good post-workout snack. You can eat a spoonful or eat it with Strawberry or Pineapples (which are a good source of Vitamin C and Manganese).
Apples are a good quick snack to replenish your body’s carbohydrates and sugar ‘reserves’, it’s also a good source for Fiber. What makes apple a good snack is it really doesn’t take much effort to “make it”. You can just grab one and eat it on your way to your work. It’s a quick convenient snack.
6. Plain Peanut Butter (with bread/toast if you like, I prefer to eat it plain)
This one is already mentioned above, but I thought I’d write it down separately too. Just because I like eating it without anything. It’s high in protein, magnesium, Vitamin B-6 and it has healthy fats in it. Just a thing to remember, there is a difference in the nutritional level in the chunky vs creamy peanut butter. If you wanna be precise about what you eat (which is advisable).
Bonus- An Egg also makes a great post-workout snack. But depends on how you make it and how many you eat, it could be considered a whole meal as well. Which is why I think it’s in a different category than a ‘snack’.
These are some of the options you can use to substitute your protein shake routine. Doesn’t mean you have to completely stop drinking it, but change is sometimes a good thing. So go for it and try something new!
That’s it! Thanks for reading!