After a killer workout, the body is in need of healthy fuel. Too often people reach for food that is full of sugar and fat to appease the hunger that a session of sweat can create. Sugary foods such as pastries and doughnuts are major artery-cloggers and do not offer the body good nutrition. Fatty foods like French fries can actually slow digestion, which is the exact opposite of what the body needs post exercise.
The goal after a workout is to replenish glycogen stores, potassium and a little protein. Below are three great snacks that offer the body exactly what it needs. Oh, and they taste good too!
Nut Butter and Dates: Take the pit out of the date and replace it with almond or peanut butter. Dates are high in potassium and the nut butter offers a bit of healthy protein. Two dates should do the trick.
Plain Grass-Fed Yogurt and Raw Honey: Yogurt and raw honey are nutrient dense. Combined, this healthy snack gives the body a protein and carbohydrate fix. As an added bonus, the probiotics and antioxidants in this snack are fantastic and associated with improved health and a lower risk of disease. Be sure the yogurt is grass-fed and plain with no added fruit or sugars. And only purchase raw, unfiltered honey.
Sweet Potato and Almonds: This incredible snack can easily be prepared ahead of time. It is even tasty cold. Bake yourself a sweet potato in the oven, then mash the orange goodness into a puree. Sweet potatoes contain the potassium and the carbs needed to replenish the body’s glycogen stores without adding tons of calories. For a bit of crunch and protein, top this snack with a sprinkle of toasted slivered almonds.
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