Ask a Nutritionist: Easy Snacks to Power Up Your Workout

May 6, 2015
by Elissa Goodman for Thrive Market
Ask a Nutritionist: Easy Snacks to Power Up Your Workout

I want to find a good pre- and post-workout snack, but I hate chalky protein powders and bars. What's a smart choice from a nutritional standpoint?

I'm right there with you—I wouldn't like to force down a chalky protein powder either! Healthy eating doesn't need to be dull. In fact, the possibilities are truly endless. You can toss those bars, because I have some vibrant, fresh-tasting options for you.

For nutritious pre-workout snacks that give you tons of energy, I would suggest an apple with organic almond butter; spirulina balls; green juice with a tablespoon of chia seeds; matcha tea; or bulletproof coffee combined with coconut milk and coconut oil.

For your post-workout snacks, you want to replenish your muscles. Good choices here are coconut yogurt kefir or cashew yogurt sprinkled with gluten-free granola; herbed cashew cheese on a rice cracker; a smoothie (without protein powder) made with your favorite nut milk, one piece of fruit, 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds, 1 tablespoon of your favorite nut butter and 100 percent stevia to taste. (Dates are also a good sweetener.)

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