Snacks for after that workout

Friday, 3 August 2012

"SnacksIt’s a vicious cycle. When we eat we gain weight. But we have to eat to live. So what are we supposed to eat when we’re ravenous after a hard workout? Real Beauty break the ‘good’ foods down for us.

Hunger hits hardest after a session in the gym. Avoid ruining your calorie count with these sensible snacks that are high in protein, calcium, and fiber. Finally you can keep your energy up so that your weight will stay down.

Edamame
Soybeans are a satisfying source of fiber, protein and amino acids. All those nutrients ensure your heart stays healthy and your bones are strong.

Chocolate milk
Mixing the antioxidant power of dark chocolate and the calcium of milk helps your muscles recover from a long workout. So go ahead, rock a milk mustache again.

Hard-boiled egg
Eggs get a bad rap for their cholesterol content. But at 78 calories, one boiled egg packs a protein punch that will fill you up between meals.

Greek yogurt
This divine dairy snack is perfect for after your morning run. Top with fruit and granola to add extra health benefits to this cholesterol free food.

Peanut butter
Peanut butter and bananas, peanut butter and apples, peanut butter and celery, or a classic PB&J. The possibilities are endless with this spread that is rich in protein.

Cheese
Revive your favorite after school snack – cheese and crackers (or mix with sliced turkey). Opt for cottage, feta, or goat varieties, which pack the least amount of calories and fat.

Baked sweet potato
Swap the pie for a snack that is naturally sweet. You have probably tried sweet potato chips and fries, but just sprinkle these beta-carotene boosting spuds with cinnamon to create festive food.

Pistachios
This little green pod is the Superman of nuts. Substitute your pretzel snack for a Ziploc filled with these to reach your weight loss goals.

Frozen grapes
Looking for a low-calorie dessert, then head to the fruit basket. Frozen grapes can be a refreshing way to cool down after a session at the gym.

Avocado
If you’re craving something fatty and filling, turn to the avocado. Slice on top of your next sandwich instead of mayo or whip up some guacamole. This antioxidant rich bite will help you burn more calories per day.

Cauliflower
So you are craving a bowl of buttered popcorn, but want to avoid the calories? Try roasting cauliflower florets for an interesting take on a popular movie time meal.

Hummus
This calcium-rich snack will help you stave off your desire for carbonated drinks like soda. Garbanzo beans are also rich in fiber, so pair with pita chips or veggies.

Written by Jessica Cruel, this article original appeared on Real Beauty.

Image: Shutterstock.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. AndreaM

    Wow very helpful! I never know what to eat after a work out.

    5 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    This is really awesome, I also add grapefruit juice straight after my workout, increases metabolism.

    6 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    hmm some of my favorites here too..yum

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Peanut butter is my weakness – can eat it straight out the container

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    i’ve tried and tested about 90% of all these snacks. However i’ve been taught that too much of anything is not good for you. These snacks are lovely though, but in moderation.

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    Cauliflower instead of popcorn? Sounds interesting…

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    lol i know what you mean. none of these sound desirable though but i will try

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Need these tips for work outs next week!

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Roasted cauliflower? That is something new.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lorraine

    Good tips to remember.Thanks for sharing these awesome tips with us.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Thanks so much for this article,very helpful

    6 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    My boyfriend always said chocolate milk is a legitimate recovery drink. I’m going to have to apologise to him :P

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Peanut butter and XXXXX? yuck!!! I’ll give that a miss, anything with it!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    Most of my favorites are included so I am happy!

    6 years ago •

  1. Samantha

    Luckily, I love most of the healthy foods, but I am also a chocolate addict. Wish I could break that habit!

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love a peanut butter and banana smoothie with a bit of honey for sweetness

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Thanks for the Awesome Healthy afterwork out snack list!

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Thanks for a formative article, I’m glad the Avocado is on the list I love it.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I love cheese, avos & pistachios – so don’t need an excuse to enjoy those snacks. :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    This snack list should be put on the fridge when you want to snack!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Hmmmmmm yum!!!!! I do love my chocies!!!!! Great read thank you!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Thank goodness for Chocolate!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Zu

    I am gald all my favorites are included, just need to control that my challenge

    6 years ago •

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