4 Delicious Post-Workout Snacks For Recovery

09/17/2014 at 01:19 PM ET

Chocolate Milk
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If you’re anything like us, you love having some sort of snack after a workout.

Post workout is an ideal time to eat a small meal with both protein and carbohydrates to help repair and build muscles and replenish your energy stores, respectively. It’s best to eat within 60 minutes of finishing a workout because that’s when your muscles are most receptive.

Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk is an awesome post-workout snack and it’s delicious, too. We like Organic Valley chocolate milk served ice cold after a long run or a power Vinyasa class. Pour it over a large glass of ice, and savor it as you cool off. Research also shows that drinking chocolate milk after a strenuous workout may help lessen muscle damage and aid in recovery.

Strawberries and Cream

The cream is healthy Greek yogurt sweetened with stevia. We love Fage 2% Greek yogurt mixed with a small dash of stevia (or sweetener of your choice) topped with sliced strawberries. Or you can make a dip and swirl each strawberry in it. Greek yogurt is loaded with protein—between 15 and 20 grams per container depending on the brand and size—and strawberries have antioxidants that can also protect your cells against damage.

Banana Smoothie

Bananas are chock full of potassium which helps keep your muscles from cramping. Potassium is the main electrolyte that powers muscles and adding it to a whey protein shake makes for an amazing recovery drink. Whey’s amino acids are quickly absorbed by muscles boosting recovery and growth. We make ours with 1 scoop of whey protein powder, 1 frozen banana, ice, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Strong & Kind Roasted Jalapeno Bar

This new bar from Kind has 10 grams of protein and it’s made with 100% whole ingredients: almonds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, pea crisps (made with pea protein isolate), and spices. The jalapeno flavor has a great kick to it and there’s no weird, chalky artificial taste like some protein bars have. Almonds are a good source of vitamin E and antioxidants which can help fight damage caused by inflammation. We find this bar is perfect after a strength-training workout as we always crave something savory after a good sweat. Great for when you’re on the road and need to pack something with you easily.

—Kristin McGee

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