Before you sabotage your workout with that I-deserve-it bowl of pasta or try to cool down with a fizzy drink, rather reach for something healthy that will also help your recovery. We’re talking healthy carbs like whole-grain, low-fat yoghurt, fruit and lean protein.
What you put into your body is as important as the 20 burpees you make it do – your body needs fuel to perform at its best. But what if you could give it a little helping hand? Smart snacking will help you get the most of your workout by curbing your cravings and giving your body the immediate nutrients and energy it needs to perform at its peak and recover quickly.
Here are three quick and easy snacks to incorporate in your workout routine (even if your workout routine has shifted to your living room):
1. BANANA AND PEANUT BUTTER
Ravenous after your workout? Instead of diving into a pizza, snack on a potassium-rich banana with a scoop or two of sugar-free peanut butter – the magnesium and essential proteins will help your body recover.
Biona Organic Peanut Butter Smooth
2. GREEN JUICE
Green juice – packed with spinach, kale, apple and celery – is one of the best things you can drink before a workout as it helps improve your respiratory function and can also help reduce inflammation.
The Raw Place Green Juice Multipack
Kibsons Green Machine
3. PROTEIN BAR
Looking for a quick protein fix after your workout? If you don’t have time to roast a sweet potato, pop a protein bar in your workout bag to help repair your muscles and fill you up after your workout.
Vega Sport Protein Bars
Protein Cake Cocoa