Here are some great post-workout snack ideas courtesy of greatist.com
The great thing about trail mix? You get to choose what’s in it if you’re making it yourself. Whip up a big batch and divide it up into mini snack bags for the whole week.
Protein pancakes are a perfect way to get some quality protein into a sweet treat. Pick a protein powder of your choice and get cooking.
Shakes are great because they’re quick and easy, and this one takes the cake. You get the extra nutrients and a hint of sweetness from the sweet potatoes, plus the protein you need after a hard workout.
This snack is easy, simple, and super tasty. Combine bananas, Greek yogurt (use partial- or full-fat after a workout), and peanut butter, and there you have it—carbs, protein, and fat all in one snack.
This post-workout snack legit looks like a candy bar, and it basically tastes like one too. Make a whole batch of these in advance so you can grab them on your way out the door.
This smoothie is a tasty vegan option, which is key because protein shakes often use milk-based protein powders. The fruity combo is great for your sweet tooth without any added sugar.
One thing people forget can be a great post-workout snack: last night’s dinner. A meal with a protein and some complex carbs (like this one) is ideal, so if you have a small portion of leftovers from dinner, don’t throw it out—wrap it up!
Another protein-packed make-ahead: avocado tuna salad. Prep a big batch on the weekend, and use it for lunch, dinner, or smaller after-workout snacks.
This shake will totally curb your sugar cravings. The recipe uses casein protein powder, which is great before bed since your body digests it slowly overnight. If you want to skip the casein, sub in any whey or plant-based protein powder.
This recipe is the perfect breakfast sandwich for anyone in a hurry on the way to work. Wrap it up and stash it in your gym bag, then simply nuke it when you get to the office.
Sweet potato in a protein bar? Count us in. These are great because they’re gluten-free, you can use whatever protein powder you like, and it takes just 20 minutes to make a whole batch.
It’s rare that you crave a big salad after a hard strength session, so sometimes, drinking your greens is just easier. This recipe includes spinach, apples, and bananas for a shake full of nutrients.
Rice cakes are a great vehicle for whatever wacky and delicious topping combo you come up with. Post-workout, try topping the fluffy cake with nut butter, banana, cacao nibs, and crumbled sea salt potato chips (yes, really!) to replenish sodium loss.
In the mood for something cold? Try one of these recovery fudge pops, which are the perfect treat after a hot and sweaty workout. Use skim milk in place of half and half for a healthier alternative. As with any treat, eat these in moderation.
Sometimes the simpler the recipe, the better. Not only is this one super easy to make (you just cut things!), it will also keep you full after your workout. Skip the added sugar for an even healthier option.
Store-bought muscle “milk” may sound like an appealing option, but it can also be packed with added sugar. Make this homemade version and save some money too.
Combine the protein of egg whites with the nutrients of spinach to refuel your body after a sweat session. Half the recipe to make a smaller, snack-size portion.
Cottage cheese is another good low-cal protein option. Add whole-wheat cereal and strawberries (or whatever fruit you like) for some flavor and crunch. If you’ve had a long workout, you’ll definitely need it.
The beauty of this one is that it’s simple and straightforward. If you don’t have time to whip up a snack yourself, combine hard-boiled eggs for protein with a veggie and nuts for healthy fat.
Whether you’re in the peanut or almond camp, nut butters make an easy and high-protein snack option. Spread your preferred nut butter (we like to use a big, healthy serving) on a small whole-wheat wrap, throw on some bananas, add a dash of cinnamon, and then roll it up.
If you’re not into chocolate or peanut butter in your protein shakes, this is the pick for you. The flavor is subtle, and the banana and orange pack plenty of nutrients.
Who doesn’t love the classic BEC breakfast sandwich? This one uses an English muffin and will remind you of your favorite fast-food guilty pleasure—just way healthier.
Another simple choice: hummus and pita bread (or carrots, celery, or whatever else you have on hand for dipping). Just check your hummus ingredients and choose one with as few ingredients as possible (no added sugars!).
Sweet potatoes, avocado, and eggs are three of our favorite healthy foods, so this is the perfect post-workout bite. You can even make it for dinner (brinner) the night before and save some leftovers.
Another leftover-friendly recipe, this chicken hash is perfect for any meal and packs in nutrients to help your muscles rebuild.
And there you have it, another inspirational post packed with protein snack ideas.. did we leave something out? Please let us know what else we can add to this list in the comments section below 😉