Great Post-Exercise Snack Choices

If you’ve just done a hard workout, it can be easy to undo your hard work by indulging in an unhealthy snack or meal and telling yourself that it’s justified because you exercised – it isn’t.

Some people find that exercise inhibits hunger, but this isn’t the case for everyone – and if you’re more likely to load up on calories when you’ve stepped off the treadmill, you might find that you’re not losing weight. So what should you eat before and after exercise to get the best results and not ruin your healthy eating intentions? Small, protein-rich snacks and wholegrain carbs are best. Try the following:

Before:

  • A serve of low-fat yogurt
  • A handful of raw nuts
  • A tablespoon of peanut or almond butter

After:

  • A slice of wholegrain toast with peanut butter
  • A boiled egg and some crackers
  • A fruit smoothie

It’s a good idea to eat within one hour of exercising, since it replenishes your glycogen stores and stops you from getting so hungry that you end up overeating.