After a workout, you’re probably tired. Sore. Ready to take a nap. Even if you have runner’s high and don’t feel the effects of the workout on your body just yet, one thing’s probably certain: you’re hungry. It’s easy to reach for a bar or other pre-made snacks after a tough swim, bike, or run — but there are plenty of other options out there.
One great option for both protein and taste is almond/peanut butter.
I prefer the Whole Foods organic brands for almond butter, as well as Justin’s (there are also almond butter packets and different flavors available for purchase – I’ve tried them during workouts and they’re great). For a creamy, satisfying peanut butter, I like BallouSkies best. I tried the peanut butter a year or so ago and have been hooked ever since. Plus, the proceeds go to a great cause – finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Whether you prefer almond butter or peanut butter, eating it by the packets or making a sandwich, both spreads are full of protein that will keep you filled after your workout. Below are some options to choose from next time you’re scrounging around in your kitchen for a snack post-workout:
Almond/Peanut Butter Packets
They’re easy. And taste good as well as have a great deal of protein. Enough said.
Toast up some of your favorite bread (whether it’s gluten-free, sourdough, whole wheat or otherwise) and slather some almond/peanut butter (and some jelly and nuts if you’re up to it) along with some strawberries or bananas. Yum!
Rice Cake Alternative
If you’re trying to cut back on your bread intake, try the same thing on rice cakes! Quick, easy and yummy. And rice cakes tend to be low-calorie if you buy the right brand.
Here’s to enjoying post-workout snacks! Yum.