Who doesn't love a good snack? Especially post workout. Since I began learning more and more about nutrition my post-workout snacks have really come a long way. What used to be some fruit and gluten-free pretzels, has now turned into homemade protein-filled nutritious snacks that I honestly look forward to every workout. Personally, I try not to rely as much as I can on packaged snack foods, mostly because I like to control the ingredients I am using, and also just because it can get expensive to be buying pre-made snacks for both during the day and post-workout.
Since becoming more motivated to make my own post-workout snacks, I find myself typically gravitating towards nuts as the foundation for most of my snacks, mostly because I do not have to worry about them going bad, and they pack a huge nutritional punch for their small size, making them perfect for a post-workout snacking. I also tend to be one of those people who doesn't have much of an appetite after working out, so being able to find something small that I can eat, enjoy, and know I gave my body what it needs after a hard workout is perfect for me.
Since I tend to purchase a lot of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc. for making many of my post-workout snacks, and everyday snacks in general, I have found this website to be really helpful and affordably priced for finding bulk items all in one spot. I also like that they tend to carry organic, gluten free options, and that they even have a healthy snacks idea page which can come in handy when I am looking for some new inspiration.
When thinking about a good vegan/vegetarian post-workout snack, it is important to remember that you are going to want something with protein, which will help your muscles rebuild after working out. You also want to make sure that you eat your snack within 30 minutes of working out, which is why I tend to bring one of the below snacking options with me on the go, and then will enjoy it post-workout on my walk home, or on my way back to work.
My Favorite Nut Based Post-Workout Snacks
Almond Butter Protein Energy Balls (Makes ~ 12)
- 1/2 Cup Almond Butter
- 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Oats
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut (Unsweetened)
- 2 Tsp Oat Flour
- 1 Tsp Chia Seeds
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Raw Honey
- 2 Tsp Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and beat with a fork until clusters of the oat mixture begin to form.
- Begin to squeeze roughly 1 TB of the mixture into balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before eating.
Coconut Almond Homemade Granola + Almond OR Coconut Milk Yogurt (Serving: 1/4 Cup Granola + 1 Cup Yogurt)
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper
- Mix in a large bowl: gluten-free oatmeal, coconut flakes, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt
- In a small bowl mix: coconut-oil, honey (or maple sugar)
- Add, wet-mixture to dry-mixture and use your hands to combine together well.
- Spread mixture out evenly on two baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven, shake the mixture, and then return to the oven for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and add almonds and cranberries to the oatmeal.
- Let cool completely, and then store in mason jars (or another air tight container).
- Serve granola over almond or coconut milk yogurt.
Chunky Monkey Almond Butter Protein Smoothie
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 2 TB Almond Butter
- 1.5 Cup Almond Milk
- 2 TB Cacao Powder
- 1 Tsp Chia Seeds
- 1/2 Tsp Organic Honey
- 1 Scoop Vegan Protein
- 2 Ice Cubes
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into a glass and drink within 30 minutes of working out.
- Savor and enjoy!