Now that I’ve spent the summer working out at least 5 if not 6 days a week, I know what my body needs to keep me moving, energized and not eating a bunch of junk. (Although, honesty here, sometimes I do just want to eat the junk and I give in… after all, isn’t that a part of why I’m working out?)
I’ve found that I have the best workout if I have a high protein breakfast before going. And I feel better after if I have something with a lot of protein after. If I don’t have a lot of protein and a lot of water, the headache I get is unbearable.
These are some of my favorite pre and post-workout meals/snacks that get me through.
High protein smoothie
I’ve compiled a list of 18 great banana-free smoothies to which I can add protein powder to make a great snack or even meal.
High protein snack bars
I don’t always have time to get the blender running after my workout, especially if I’m doing preschool pick ups or running errands. I can throw one of the delicious Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple bars in my bag and eat it on the go.
They are great #FeelGooder snacks with at least 10g of protein, 200 calories or less and they are gluten-free. They come in four great flavors: Almond Toffee Crunch, Bing Cherry & Almond, Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, Roasted Cashew & Dark Chocolate. You can grab a $1off coupon for Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple Bars, too.
These involve a little more prep work, but I can throw High Energy No-Bake Bites into my bag for busy days, too. They are so easy to customize with flavors and ingredients you like, too.
Many runners and athletes swear by chocolate milk as a great protein and carbohydrate rich post-run snack. I’ll take mine with almond milk and ice cold!
Double Berry Chia Pudding Parfait
I can soak my chia seeds the night before and make a great double berry chia pudding parfait. I won’t add the chocolate in the mornings and instead add some almonds or walnuts.