Are you always really hungry after a workout? Or feel low on energy if you don't eat before training? People who work out regularly usually need extra healthy snacks to help satisfy hunger, fuel their workouts and aid in post workout recovery. Here are some of my favourites! I've tried to include a variety of ideas so those of you who don't have access to a kitchen before/after training, can still snack on something nutritious and yummy!
Did you know that your body works to build and repair muscles 24 hours a day? Not just when you are working out or at the gym! If you want to maximise your workout and give your body the fuel it needs, I suggest eating a pre-workout snack about 30-60 minutes in advance of your workout. This of course is depending on how your stomach is feeling before and if you are really hungry. If you are following my Nutrition HELP Guide, the meals including in the daily meal plan should be enough to sustain you, these snacks are simply added extras if you feel you need a boost!
Classic Apple & Peanut Butter
For a quick fuel up slice an apple of your choice and serve it with 2 tbs all natural peanut butter.
Keep it simple with this sweet snack that will give you a natural sugar boost!
Cut and mix to fill one cup: berries, rock melon, banana and orange.
Eggs On Toast
If you are feeling hungrier try this quick and filling snack that will give you a burst of energy. Hard boil 1 or 2 eggs, and serve on wholemeal toast.
Peanut Butter On Toast
Toast some wholemeal bread. Top with 1 tbs natural peanut butter and half a sliced banana.
Post workout snacks are super important as they help to restore energy and rebuild muscle you have worked on during training. If you eat a post workout snack, you will also minimise the temptation to binge on something unhealthy when you feel really really hungry! The trick is to choose the right snacks that will give you optimum nutrients and keep you feeling full!
Blend 1 frozen banana, 1 tbs natural peanut butter, 1 tbs raw cacao, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tsp natural vanilla extract, 2 ice cubes.
Tuna & Wholegrain Crackers
Munch on some tuna mixed with corn, eat with a handful of wholegrain crackers.
Slice up a banana and spread halves with natural peanut butter, then sandwich two slices together to make a quick snack.
Grilled Steak & Sweet Potato
For something hearty and filling, grill a handful of lean beef strips/steak tossed in salt, pepper and some paprika. Serve with an equal portion of steamed sweet potato and greens if you wish. Make sure to stick to the portion size with this one.
Scramble 2 whole eggs with a handful of spinach, red onion, capsicum and tomato.
I hope these helped you, remember if we want to fuel our bodies to perform at their absolute best we have to eat foods that are wholesome and natural.