The Ultimate Snack Guide: Pre-Workout, Post-Workout and Snacks to Beat Cravings

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I think you guys might know by now that I am huge snacker. I love to eat snacks pretty much at all times of the day, so I thought it was fitting to make a post on snacks (actually a second post, check out my first one here)! In this post, I will go over good pre-workout snacks, as well as post-workout snacks, snacks to beat cravings and overall healthy snacks! If you follow my blog you may be familiar with a few of these snacks, but I thought it would be good to round all these snacks up in one post!

Also, a great resource for a bunch  of snacks plus tips from a dietitian is on nuts.com! I love all  their snacks ideas and also love that they have a dietitian working for them! Plus, this site reminds me of a virtual Bulk Barn so you best believe I think it’s an awesome site.

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Pre-Workout Snacks 

If you are going to workout, it is best to get some carbohydrates in, at least 2 hours before. The carbohydrates help in giving immediate fuel to your muscles, which could help with having a more efficient and energized workout!

I almost always have these granola bars stocked in my freezer. Since they are made with a lot of dates, they provide lots of carbohydrates which are ideal for that pre-workout fuel!

Another bigger snack, that I usually like having for breakfast, is this pancake recipe, which I have mentioned before and was originally shared on Kate’s websiteRed Velvet Pancake

This pancake is made by mixing  one egg, 1/3 cup oats, 1/4 tsp baking powder, a dash of milk and cinnamon. In this picture I added cocoa and red food coloring, for my own Valentine’s day (well, it’s not quite Valentine’s day yet but I am excited) themed breakfast pleasure! I added some cut up banana and Sunbutter for extra carbohydrates and protein!

Post-Workout Snacks

After a workout, it is best to eat within 30 minutes, this period is known as the “glycogen recovery window”. Glycogen is a  storage for carbohydrates found in your muscles that depletes quickly during exercise. Your snack should be composed mainly of carbohydrates, to help rebuild the glycogen stores, as well as protein, to help rebuild muscle.

The perfect combo of protein and carbohydrates is actually one of the easiest snacks ever. You could simply grab a banana, or a date, and slather peanut butter on it. It will surely fill you up and help your body restore from your workout!

Taking a picture of a date and making it look attractive is hard... But Sasha wants it!

Taking a picture of a date and making it look attractive is hard… But I chose this picture mainly because of Sasha staring at the date intently.

Another option is a bowl of greek yogurt and fruit, which could serve as a great immediate post workout snack as it isn’t too heavy.

If  you want to hydrate and get your carbohydrates and proteins all at the same time, then the Green Monster may be just right for you! This recipe is from Oh She Glows, it contains peanut butter, milk and banana which delivers all the required nutrients to help with the recovery process!

This is not actually a picture of the Green Monster, but you get the idea! (it is a smoothie and it is green)

This is not actually a picture of the Green Monster, but you get the idea! (it is a smoothie and it is green)

Snacks for Cravings 

You have probably heard me talk about roasted chickpeas before, they are so satisfyingly crunchy, salty, even sweet if you would want them to be, and overall delicious. I love munching on these whenever I have a craving for salty foods. One of my favorite flavors is the Salt and Vinegar chickpeas from Oh She Glows. Another quick recipe is to coat your chickpeas with oil, add garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt and simply add these to the oven following the same instructions from the recipe I just shared. SO GOOD.

Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas

Another great healthy snack is these Blueberry Chickpea Flour Muffins from Jacklyn’s website. These are so delicious and sweet but do not contain much sugar and have no fat. I swear these do not disappoint and can help curb any sweet craving!

Blueberry Chickpea Muffins

While we are on the theme of sweets, these Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites I shared on my blog a little while ago are super satisfying and perfect for a chocolate craving. Trust me, these won’t disappoint.Fudgy Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites

Other great recipes for healthy yet craver-busting snacks:

Healthy Snacks in General 

If you are looking for overall healthy snacks, I’ve also got you covered.

One of my favorite snacks  is hummus with either veggies or tortilla chips. I usually make my own tortilla chips by cutting up a large tortilla in triangles, brushing them with oil and sprinkling on some garlic powder, paprika and salt. I then pop them in the oven at 400F and keep a close eye on them as they brown quickly. So yummy!

I also love making easy last-minute muesli. If I remember in advance I will prepare it the night before so that my oats soften.Muesli

I typically take a vanilla flavored yogurt and add oats, hemp seeds, chia seeds and sliced almonds, This makes for a great snack that is healthy yet super filling.

I have plenty more ideas for snacks but I don’t want to repeat myself, since I have already made a little blog post on healthy snacking! You can check that out right here

Other great ideas:

What are some of your favorite snacks?

About the author

Stephanie Leduc

Stephanie - 22 years old - lover of food - Dietetics intern - Believes in a balanced lifestyle of health, fitness and a whole lot of sugar - dreamer and wanna be traveler

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