Whether you just got done running on the treadmill, heaving heavy objects into the air, pedaling your ass off, or yoga-ing, it’s 100% necessary to get some freakin food in your body right away. A post workout snack doesn’t have to be a skinless chicken breast accompanied by steamed greens. Oh no! You can have so much more fun than that. And you don’t need to spend half an hour in the kitchen.
So, check out this list of 20 quick and easy post workout snacks and go fuel your body with some loving goodness.
Healthy Post Workout Snack Ideas You Can Make in a Flash
1. Carrots and Hummus
So simple, and so satisfying. I prefer baby carrots, but any carrots will do. Pick your poison when it comes to hummus!
2. Turkey Cream Cheese Wraps
Take 4-5 slices of deli cut turkey breast and some cream cheese down the center of each slice. Wrap them up and enjoy.
3. Cottage Cheese and Pineapple
This is my favorite of all time. I love the combination of sweet and savory. It’s crazy high in protein too. Use 3/4 to 1 cup of 2% cottage cheese and throw about 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks on top.
4. Hard Boiled Egg on Toast
Slice up one or two hard boiled eggs and put them on top of a piece of a whole wheat bread, toasted.
5. Cake Batter Protein Shake
I said fun right? Yeah, this sinful little concoction from Lizzy Pinkney will make all of your 5 year old dreams come true. Sprinkles and all!
6. Rice Cake Sandwich
Grab two rice cakes, slather 1-2 tablespoon of peanut butter on one, and then top it with chia seeds and a couple slices of banana. Put the second rice cake on top and enjoy.
7. Protein Fruit Smoothie
Simple and versatile. Take a scoop of your favorite protein powder, add some fresh or frozen fruit, a few ice cubes, and some almond milk. Blend until smooth. Want to up the ante? Throw in a big handful of spinach (I promise it won’t ruin the flavor). Pictured above is a tropical blueberry smoothie with vanilla protein powder, blueberries, pineapple, almond milk, and chia seeds.
8. Apple and a Cheese Stick
There is some form of voodoo magic that occurs when you mix apples and cheese. It’s the best of both worlds, and apples are jam packed full of energy you probably need after your workout.
9. Crackers and Tuna
I’m not a huge tuna fan usually. But for a post workout snack, whole wheat Ritz crackers dipped in some tuna mixed with some mustard and relish is heaven. Pure protein heaven!
10. Cheerios, Nuts, and Milk
Cheerios are cool, even as an adult. Add in some walnuts, pecans, or almonds and top it all off with some coconut or almond milk. You won’t be disappointed.
11. Celery and Peanut Butter
You only need 2 stalks of celery and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. It’s really the only way to eat celery.
12. Handful of Nuts
Specifically almonds. They are high in protein and have countless health benefits. Have 1 ounce with a glass of Almond Milk. If you have a sweet tooth, try these Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds.
13. Strawberries and Cheesecake
Tricked ya! Mix one or two tablespoons of instant cheesecake pudding mix with 1/2 to 3/4 cup vanilla Greek Yogurt. Dip your strawberries in and you will think it’s Valentine’s Day all over again.
14. Egg White Omelet
This only takes about 5 minutes. Mix 3 or 4 egg whites with 1/2 cup spinach and 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella. Fry in pan for 3-4 minutes, and add some salt and pepper.
15. Trail Mix
Make your own at home with some shredded coconut, nuts of choice, dried fruit like banana or cranberries, white or dark chocolate chips, and even some sunflower seeds.
16. Protein Bar
Call me cliche. When you are in a hurry, these is the perfect post workout snack. My favorite is the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar. They are Gluten Free and made from fruit, nuts, and spices. I trust them as a brand, and their protein bars never disappoint in flavor and quality.
17. Roasted Chickpeas
Make these ahead of time for a perfect post workout snack. Take one can of garbanzo beans/chickpeas, toss them in a tablespoon of coconut or olive oil. Sprinkle them with sea salt and your favorite seasoning, and bake in the oven at 450F for 30-40 minutes, turning halfway through.
18. Ham and Cheese Rollup
Take 3-4 slices of deli ham and slice a cheddar cheese stick into three or four equal parts. Wrap the cheese inside the ham and enjoy.
19. Frozen YoBark
That translates to frozen greek yogurt bark with seeds and fruit. Find the recipe Here! Yum yum! It’s super easy to make ahead of time and you can store it in the freezer in ziplock bags. Perfect after a hot sweaty workout.
20. Greek Yogurt, Granola and Fruit
Here is another sweet, protein packed snack perfect after a sweat-sesh. Add whatever fruit you like!
What’s your favorite post workout snack?
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