As a runner, I'm conscious of what I eat. I make sure that I get the right nutrition that my body needs to keep myself healthy and at the same time, to keep myself fueled for my runs and workouts. While it is important to eat something at least two hours before a workout or before a run to give me the energy and stamina, it is actually more important to eat after a strenuous activity. This is to replenish glycogen in the body and to help repair the muscle tissues that were hard at work.
Now, it may sometimes be tempting to munch on cheese fries after a hard workout, but keep in mind that workout snacks should be nutritious and healthy. Here are some quick and easy snacks that you can try:
Wheat Bread and Tuna Sandwich - This one's my favorite snack. Tuna is a good source of lean protein while wheat bread contains carbohydrates and fiber. Add some veggies like fresh lettuce and tomatoes for vitamins.
Yogurt and Fruits - Yogurt is a good source of protein and it contains a small amount of fat, while fruits contain carbohydrates, fiber, and vitamins. Just add your favorite fruits to a moderate serving of yogurt and you're good to go. You can sprinkle some chia seeds for a huge dose of important nutrients.
Dried Fruits and Nuts - Nuts contain a huge dose of protein and healthy fats. Eating them with dried fruits makes for a delectable snack with a perfect combination of salty and sweet. Keep the servings small though, 1/4 cup is enough.
Milk and Cereal - Who says that you can only eat cereal during breakfast? Add a cup of low fat milk to a cup of whole-grean cereal. Sprinkle some chia seeds and enjoy.
Eggs and Toast - Try this if you have a hefty appetite. A couple of hardboiled eggs and a slice of whole wheat toast should do the trick.
Energy Bars - Energy bars or energy squares are great for when you're always on-the-go and you do not have enough time to fix yourself something to eat. They are usually easily available at any fitness store. Just make sure that you read the label carefully and get those with less than 10 grams of sugar and the fewest ingredients possible.
Those are just some examples of post workout snacks that you can try. They are so easy that you can make them on your own with little time to spare. Who says healthy cannot be yummy, right?