when is the best time to eat post-workout Snacks?
Usually within 30 minutes! 45 minutes at the very latest. Post workout snacks help to restore energy in your muscles and repair any muscle damage. I don’t want to get all science nerd on you, but the “Journal of Applied Physiology” did state that if you wait just two hours post workout to eat, then your ability to refuel your muscles diminishes by a whopping 50%.
Usually I snack on something right around 200 calories, then have another meal an hour or two later. I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite post-workout snacks that I’ve loved during my exercise history.
Post Workouts Snacks:
Apple and peanut butter
Because apples are the best snack. They provide energy, fiber and a sweet crunch. Slather on a tablespoon of peanut butter and you’ve got yourself a great snack.
Granola is wonderful because it provides healthy fats, carbs (from the oats) fiber and a good source protein. Try my Superfood Coconut Oil Granola mixed with 1/2 cup of greek yogurt.
You truly can’t go wrong with eggs. I love 1 egg and 2 egg whites mixed with a variety of veggies. A great option is my Egg White Veggie Breakfast Muffins.
Greek yogurt with fruit
If you’re going to eat greek yogurt, aim for an organic version. And you don’t always have to go for fat-free! Try a low-fat greek yogurt with fresh berries or banana.
Cheese and crackers
I’m not an intense cheese lover like some people I know, but if you are then this is a great time to get your cheese fix in! Eat an ounce of cheese with a few whole grain crackers.
Protein shake or fruit smoothie
I usually make a smoothie with a scoop of protein powder, fresh fruit, a little nut butter and almond milk. This Healthy Strawberry Protein Shake is one of my favorites!