A great workout doesn’t end with cooling down. After exercise, it’s important to replenish your body with nutrients and fluids to keep the benefits of working out going long after you’ve left the gym. It is recommended that you have a snack within two hours of exercising. But reaching for processed snacks that can be hidden with high fat and sugar can hurt your otherwise healthy day.

To maintain that high energy level post workout, here are five simple, delicious, and healthy post-workout snacks to munch on:

Apple Slices with Almond Butter

A few apple slices with almond butter is the perfect marriage between carbs and protein, which are both needed to replenish your energy. Apples are also full of fiber and a great source of vitamin C.

Almonds

Technically not a nut but a seed of the fruit of the almond tree, eating almonds after a workout can continue the great energy boost from exercise. High in vitamin E, almonds provide a healthy dose of “good” fat and can help aid in your recovery.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt isn’t just for breakfast. This versatile food is perfect after the gym because of the high protein content. Greek yogurt brings essential nutrients to your body and provides good bacteria, which restore and repair your muscles (and digestive system).

Banana with Milk

The banana is one of the most eaten fruits in the world and that’s because their sweet flavor also comes packed with loads of nutrients. A leading source of potassium, vitamins C and B6 and fiber, and conveniently portable, bananas are the perfect snack.

Protein Shake

Protein shakes are one of the easiest ways to get everything you need in one tasty treat. Customize your shake by adding a couple scoops of whey protein, and flavor with a banana or some kind of nut butter and you’ve got yourself an easy and delicious recovery snack.

If you have noticed a trend, you’re right. The two main nutrients you need after a workout are protein and carbohydrates. The above list highlights food options that have a good ratio of the two. Not only will it keep you going strong for the rest of your day, but it’ll be a sweet reward to treat yourself to after a successful workout.

Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/437419-how-long-after-i-work-out-should-i-eat/

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20553010_19,00.html

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/best-post-workout-foods

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