Food to fuel your workout
If you want to lose weight or tone up, it may seem counterproductive to eat lots around your workouts. But the truth is, your body needs fuel to burn when you're exercising. Even carbs, which you no doubt think are your food enemy, are key after a workout, as they can help the body replenish the energy it's lost. This will also allow your muscles to repair and recover after you've put them through their paces. However, that doesn't mean you can just eat whatever you like - you need to replenish without taking in too many calories. So if you want to know what the best post-workout snacks are, here's a few suggestions recommended by Pop Sugar.
Apple with peanut butter
A small apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter is under 150 calories. This is a good number to keep in mind after a workout because it's enough to help your muscles recover but not so much that you undo all your good work. For a few more carbohydrates, add a couple of grapes into the equation.
This has been a staple for hikers over the years, but it's important to get the right kind. Avoid any that include yoghurt-covered raisins or chocolate bits. Stick to the more organic and wholesome kind and just make sure you have no more than two handfuls, as that should be enough to boost your body.
Who knew that you could have chocolate after exercising and not feel guilty about it? Chocolate milk is an acceptable post-workout snack thanks to the amount of protein it has in it. It's also good if you're on the go, squeezing in your exercise routine before work or on your lunch break. Make your own with skimmed milk to keep it lean.
Greek yoghurt and fruit
Protein is key after you've worked up a sweat, and that's something Greek yoghurt can deliver in spades. To get the carb balance right, add fresh fruit like blueberries, blackberries or banana. Granola is another option.
Cheese and crackers
Rejoice, cheese lovers! The dairy item provides protein and calcium, while the crackers deliver on carbs and fibre - win win! But don't go reaching for Brie or mature cheddar, snack smartly so you don't undo all of your hard work at the gym by choosing string cheese and whole-wheat crackers to fill you up.