A long and arduous workout can leave you hungry for a snack and deep down inside you know that you deserve it. But, indulging in random off the shelf snacks available in any odd shop could end up defeating the purpose of exercising in the first place. You may however, be too hard on yourself if you ban the joys of snacking completely.
Taking the middle path is what you must focus on here, and this is not something that cannot be accomplished with ease. Choosing the right ingredients at the right proportions is the key to healthy post workout snacking. Here are a few very easy options that you can try out without being flustered with complex recipes…
1)Mango Yogurt Smoothie – Take a cup of low fat yogurt; take 2 medium sized ripe mangoes. Pour yogurt in your blender and add ¾ cup water to it. Cut one mango and add it to the ingredients in the blender after removing the seed. Blend to a smooth paste and pour out in a large glass. Dice the other mango into small chunks and add throw it into the glass. Chill and enjoy!
2)Lime Peanuts – Roast half a cup of peanuts and remove the skin. Add juice of half a lime freshly squeezed. Add a dash of rock salt or low sodium salt for taste and mix well. Add one teaspoon of chopped coriander and enjoy a tongue tingling and thoroughly healthy snack.
3)Whole Grain Turkey Sandwich – This is perhaps the easiest to fix and quite filling and refreshing at the same time. If you stick to wholegrain bread, use a thin slice of turkey and manage your portion to an acceptable size, a wholegrain turkey sandwich can be your best friend in terms of post workout snack.
4)Berries with Dark Chocolate –A bowlful of assorted berries with ¼ cup molten dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more) can be a sinful sweet treat to boost your spirits after a refreshing workout. Take fresh blue berries, cranberries, raspberries and anything that features in your grocery store, add ¼ cup of molten dark and preferably unsweetened chocolate, sprinkle ½ teaspoon of some low calorie sugar and enjoy!
5)Fresh Diced Fruits – Choose your favorite fruits, dice them up to measure a cup and feast!
You can invent and reinvent your snacks to your preference and imagination. It is necessary however, to ensure not eating immediately after exercising. Allow 15 to 20 minutes gap before eating anything at all.
Avoiding milk-based snacks is also recommended because it may cause acidity when eaten after workout. The golden rule is to avoid cooked food in large portions or processed ones. Food that can be assembled in its raw state, mixed or blended in recommended.