The myth that you shouldn’t eat anything before a workout has been dispelled countless times. Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels stressed the importance in a 2015 blog post, saying that in fact, “starving yourself before exercising can actually be detrimental to your body.”
But what about right after a workout?
We are all too familiar with the seemingly insatiable hunger that seems to creep up on you the moment you take your final stretch, but waiting too long to eat after you exercise can lead not only to making unhealthy choices but overdoing it on those unhealthy choices once you can sit down to have a meal.
The solution? A protein packed snack you can eat immediately following your class. Not only will you feel less hungry later, but you will reap the science-backed benefits chowing down on something small post workout bring. Things like, as reported by nutritionist Jessica Jones for Self Magazine, replenishing “the glycogen that has been depleted during your exercise and “speedy muscle recovery (particularly after weight training).”
Stil not convinced? Well, perhaps we can persuade you with some delicious options that are easy to take on the go. Check out 7 of our favorite post workout snacks below, and excuse us while we run to the supermarket to stock up.
Jerky gets a bad rap for its high levels of sodium, but with a bit of research and investigating for lower sodium, natural jerky, it’s a fool-proof, delicious way to get in a little extra protein after the gym. One serving can boast 11 grams of protein, alongside an extremely low fat content. Plus, if it’s good enough for Elizabeth Hurley, it’s good enough for us.
Organic Turkey Breast
This one will take a bit more planning to keep cool, but rolled up turkey from the deli is an amazing option when it comes to getting your fill of protein. It’s all protein all the time with a whopping 30 grams per serving and like jerky, is low in fat. Roll it up with a slice of swiss cheese for an even more delicious bite.
Nut Butter Packets
We’re of the belief that nut butter tastes best when eaten from a spoon directly out of the jar, but if you’re lacking space, plenty of PB brands now offer small, snack size pockets that are pre-portioned for you,feel like a small indulgence and with upwards of 20 grams of protein per serving, will keep you full until your next meal.
Chocolate milk has long been revered as a drink of choice for high performance athletes, and it’s just as lucrative for anyone looking for a post workout snack. Thanks to the many varieties available out there, finding a low fat option is no sweat, and think of it this way, milk on its own is not even adequate enough to replenish your lost nutrients on its own. It needs the chocolate to work. Think of it as a happy accident.
OK, so it might not be the easiest snack to eat on the go, but tuna packs a mean protein punch worth toting along to eat post pilates (or any other workout for that matter). Try mixing a can with olive oil and lemon juice for a light, delicious meal on the go or bring a pre-packaged baggie with some crackers to munch on.
We’d use just about any excuse in the book to eat cheese for every meal, but not all cheese is created equal. Full fat cheese boasts 25 grams of protein and tastes just as good mixed with something sweet like fruit as it does with something savory. If the texture of cottage cheese isn’t your thing, might we suggest trying the whipped variety? All the protein of traditional cottage cheese with a smoother, easier to eat taste.
Roasted Chickpeas or Edamame
If you’re constantly craving crunch, roasted snacks like edamame and chickpeas are perfect for you. Whether store bought or easily made at home using olive oil, spices and an oven at 375 degrees, these tiny, crunchy bits of goodness have all the makings of a satisfying snack with the protein power of a small meal.