So you’ve finished your workout. You went hard on that exercise bike, pedaling with all you had in you! Awesome job, you’re a step closer to your fitness goals. Keep up the awesome streak with a healthy post-workout snack to help your body recover from the stress you just put it through!
Keep in mind, you don’t want to just eat anything. That’s my problem. I always just head home and throw the first thing I find into my mouth. Potato chips, a cheese stick, leftover pizza, whatever I can get my hands on. But that really isn’t the way to help your body continue to burn the fat you just worked so hard on losing. Do yourself a favor and give your body good foods. It’s not always easy, but it does pay off and you’ll notice a difference in your energy levels and how you feel!
If you’re in a rush and don’t have much time, just grab a bag of almonds. You can store them in your car and they won’t freeze or melt in extreme temperatures. In one serving of almonds (about a palm full) you get 160 calories, 6 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of fiber. Talk about a superfood! The protein will help your muscles recover from the stress of the workout, and keep you full until your next meal. Plain roasted almonds are healthiest but feel free to get them lightly salted if you want to give yourself a little extra flavor.
Cottage Cheese Toast
This is super easy and packed with protein! Toast a slice of whole wheat or whole grain bread. Add 1/2 cup of full-fat cottage cheese to the top of the toast and spread around. You can then ad whatever fruit you like to the top! I personally like to do fresh blueberries or strawberries. They’re sweet and help me curb those post-workout cravings that come raging.
Cheese and Apples
Yes, that’s right. I just gave you permission to eat cheese. Try to go for a lower-fat cheese like string cheese or a mini Babybel just to help you control your portions. Choose an apple with a lot of flavor like Gala or Granny Smith. I love the contrast of salty cheese with a sweet apple.
This is a quick way to refuel your muscles if they’re feeling like sore or jello-ish after your ride on the bike.
Making a protein shake after a workout is an awesome way to fill yourself up after burning those calories, and curb your appetite for several hours. When I make protein shakes I typically just make a smoothie however I prefer it to be. It usually includes greek yogurt, fresh fruit, a massive handful of greens and a scoop of protein powder. I’d recommend doing a rice protein powder that is lower in calories but high in protein. Feel free to use whatever your favorite is though!
Peanut Butter and Banana on Rice Cake
This is a cheap and easy snack to whip up right after your workout! Simply spread 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter on an unsalted rice cake. Slice up a ripe banana and add it to the top of the peanut butter. If you’re feeling extra fancy, drizzle a bit of raw honey on top of the bananas for a bit of added sweetness.
Make sure that whatever you’re putting into your body after a workout is going to benefit your body and health. Be sure to feed it enough protein to give your muscles strength after they’ve been stressed during your exercise bike workout. Happy snacking!