As someone who regularly teaches group exercise classes, I end up eating a lot of my post-workout snacks at the gym immediately following a workout. I typically don’t have much time to spare before I need to either grab a quick shower or use some cleansing cloths to get the sweat off my face and return to the gym floor. For me, simple post-workout snacks are not only preferred for the sake of convenience but also a necessity!
When I’m packing up a snack to enjoy after a sweaty workout, I typically look for something that has a healthy mix of proteins, carbohydrates and fat. When a snack contains all three of these components, I feel way more satisfied than I would if I just snacked on something like an apple without the spoonful of peanut butter that I try to include because I know it will help a ton with satiety (and flavor)!
Today I am teaming up with CVS to share some nutritious and oh-so-simple snacks you can easily throw into your gym bag to enjoy immediately after a workout. (Stay tuned for a delicious giveaway at the bottom of this post!)
Easy Post-Workout Snacks
Below you will find a few of my favorite easy post-workout snacks.
- Trail Mix
This one is a personal favorite because the combinations you can create are endless! For a trail mix that incorporates whole grains, healthy fats and protein, try mixing together air-popped popcorn, nuts, cacao nibs and unsweetened freeze-dried fruit! It’s salty, sweet and filling, too!
- Apple or Pear Slices with Peanut Butter
While I often use mini Tupperware containers to pack single-portions of nut butter with me, I’ll also throw a whole jar of peanut butter in my bag if I’m in a rush! Slicing an apple or pear up ahead of time (and tossing the slices in lemon juice to prevent browning) to dip into the peanut butter makes this snack a great way to sneak in a serving of fresh fruit right after a workout.
- Hard Boiled Eggs with Carrot Sticks and Nuts
Hard boiled eggs are such a great portable protein option. Real food + Delicious taste = Win, win! I love pairing a couple of hard boiled eggs with crunchy carrot sticks and a handful of nuts.
- Greek Yogurt/Cottage Cheese with Fresh/Freeze-Dried Fruit and Chia Seeds/Nuts
This one works well for me because I have access to a fridge at my gym, but it’s also a great option for those who head home immediately after a workout and want something fast they can grab out of the fridge or pantry. Pop open a cup of Greek yogurt and top it with fresh or freeze-dried fruit. I absolutely love CVS’ freeze-dried strawberries and apples because they’re naturally sweet and crispy and add a crunchy texture to an otherwise creamy cup of Greek yogurt.
- Nut Butter Roll Up
Spread some peanut or almond butter on top of a whole wheat tortilla, add a few pieces of thinly sliced fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon before rolling it up and digging in! Yum!
CVS Gold Emblem Abound Snacks
Many of the snacks you see above include tasty grab-and-go foods from CVS’ Gold Emblem Abound line of healthy snacks. The whole product line is 100 percent free of artificial preservatives and flavors and contains zero grams of trans fats. Heck yes!
I first discovered this line when Ryan and I would drive back and forth from Ocala to Jacksonville. There was a CVS located about halfway between our old house and my parents’ place and it became our go-to stop for a snack and bathroom break. I’d grab some nuts or trail mix from the Gold Emblem Abound line and liked knowing I was making a healthy choice on the road. All of the ingredients are totally recognizable and there’s a ton of variety, so whether you prefer something sweet or savory around snacktime, they’ve got you covered!
Healthy Snack Pack Giveaway
And now here’s your chance to try some of my favorite goodies from CVS Gold Emblem Abound. I selected the following snacks to create a healthy snack prize pack for one reader to win that will include the following:
- Goji Berry Blend Trail Mix
- Raw Natural Almonds
- Fuji Apple Crisps
- Strawberry Crisps
- Blueberry Lemon Almond Crunch
- Organic Popcorn
- Pistachios and Almonds
- Unsalted Pistachios
One PBF reader will win the snack pack and entering this giveaway is a breeze. Simply leave a comment below telling me about your favorite post-workout snack. I will randomly select a winner on Friday.
Disclaimer: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy as one of the “Gold Emblem Abound Trail Makers” this year! I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my Trail Makers posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. Thank you so, so much for your support. I sincerely appreciate it!