The Best Snacks for your Workout

Whether you're just starting out a new summer fitness regime, or you're an experienced athlete looking for ways to improve your current healthy meal plans, it's important to eat the right foods before and after a workout.

Peanut butter and apple

Not only is this snack delicious, but it's packed full of goodness to get your body ready for action. The peanut butter contains protein and good fats that slowly release sugar into your bloodstream, keeping your energy levels higher for longer. The apple also contains natural sugar, giving you a burst of sweetness before you hit the gym.

Hummus

Hummus is a nutritional winner, packed full of protein and carbohydrates to get you through your workout. It's also got healthy fat due to its bean and tahini content. It's made from chickpeas which have fibre, iron and B vitamins. Have it on toast or whole grain pita chips for a delicious snack.

Grilled chicken and mixed vegetables

After a workout you'll need to refuel, and a mix of lean protein and carbohydrates is a great way to do this. Grill some chicken and whip up some veggies for a perfect meal after exercise.

Chocolate milk

Often touted as the perfect recovery drink, low fat chocolate milk is a great addition to an athlete's diet. It's got the perfect protein to carbohydrate ratio to help repair muscle tissue, and it's especially good for endurance athletes such as distance runners, swimmers, cyclists and triathletes.

Eggs

Eggs have had a bad reputation in the past, but in actual fact they are jam packed full of nutrients. Eggs are low in fat and high in vitamins A and B12, along with lutein, which is great for eyes and skin. Make sure you eat both the yolk and the white, as nutrients are found throughout

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