This post, 5 High-Protein Post-Workout Snacks You Can Keep in Your Gym Bag, has been sponsored by ZonePerfect®. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
5 High-Protein Post-Workout Snacks You Can Keep in Your Gym Bag
I don’t know about you, but when I get hangry, it’s not pretty.
I try to plan most of my meals ahead of time, I try to anticipate when I will be super busy and need extra snacks, but sometimes I still get caught off guard at the most inopportune times.
That is why I have made it a priority to make sure that I always have a snack stashed away in my gym bag. I almost always have it with me in the back of my car, and before or after a workout is when I find I need last-minute fuel the most.
Of course, life is so busy that I want snacks that are always readily available, which means snacks that are not immediately perishable. That way I can just leave them in my bag for the week and not have to worry about anything spoiling.
Below you will find my tried and true, 5 High-Protein Post-Workout Snacks You Can Keep in Your Gym Bag, including my new favorite ZonePerfect® High Protein Bars.
5 High-Protein Post-Workout Snacks
1 – ZonePerfect® High Protein Bars
Being a dietitian myself, I am always partial to products that feature the expertise of fellow RDs, which is just one of the reasons I fell in love with ZonePerfect Bars. At ZonePerfect, they have a team of nutritional experts including, Dietitians and Wellness Specialists that go to work every day to develop balanced solutions, like the ZonePerfect High Protein Bars, so you don’t have to choose between nutrition and taste.
And let me tell you, they have hit the mark on deliciousness! I ordered the Blueberry Crumble ZonePerfect bars from Amazon and they live up to the claim that they are unapologetically delicious, without all the extra sugar. It’s easy to see why they have a “Great Taste Guaranteed” claim.
Taste aside, ZonePerfect High Protein bars are a nutritious, smart post-workout choice. They contain 20 grams of protein which we all know keeps people feeling fuller, longer. They contain only 5 grams of sugar from stevia and monk fruit, two plant-based sources, and each bar contains 19 vitamins & minerals with no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.
Nutrition you can trust. Taste you will love. Your Perfect Zone.
I can’t wait to try the Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and the Banana Nut Crunch bars next.
Are you ready to try ZonePerfect Bars yourself?
Nutrition Facts – Serving Size: 1 Bar, 240 calories, 20 grams of protein, 22 grams of carbohydrates (only 5 grams of sugar!), 9 grams of fat
2 – Dates & Peanut Butter
Are dates and peanut butter dessert or just a delicious post-workout snack – I can’t quite decide?
If you haven’t yet combined these two simple ingredients, let me tell you, you’re missing out. The perfect mix of sweet and salty, peanut butter stuffed dates make the perfect post-workout snack with their perfectly proportionate combination of carbohydrates, fat, and protein.
To keep these in your gym bag all week long, and to make this snack as convenient as possible, get already pitted dates, keep them in their original container, and grab a shelf-stable jar or peanut butter, or try the individual prepackaged single-serving peanut butters.
Nutrition Facts – Serving Size: 2 Dates, 2 Tablespoons All-Natural Peanut Butter, 300 calories, 10 grams of protein, 37 grams of carbohydrates, 17 grams of fat
3 – Roasted Chickpeas
If the thought of a super sweet snack after a work-out makes you cringe, roasted chickpeas are the perfect savory alternative.
While I have not quite perfected the art of roasting perfectly crispy, crunchy chickpeas on my own, I did find success using the tutorial from Minimalist Baker. Once you get the art of roasting them down perfectly, you can easily mix up the seasonings so that you’re getting exactly what flavor you want.
Luckily, these crispy crunchy bites of high-protein goodness will last a full week in your gym bag when sealed in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts – Serving Size: 1 cup chickpeas (before cooking, approximately 3/4 cup cooked), 210 calories, 11 grams of protein, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fat
4 – Homemade Trail Mix
Whether it’s for a high-protein post-workout snack or simply a easy, portable on-the go snack solution for whatever this busy life throws at you, homemade trail mix is always a winner.
Easily customizable with any nut or seed you have on hand, my standard go-to recipe starts with a handful of almonds, a handful of peanuts, and of course, a handful of chocolate chips. You can customize your trail mix however you would like, adding things like dried fruit or other nuts and seeds.
Just remember, the chocolate chips may melt if you leave them in your gym bag in a hot car!
Nutrition Facts – Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons Almonds, 2 Tablespoons Peanuts, 1 Tablespoon Dark Chocolate Chips, 280 calories, 9 grams of protein, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 22 grams of fat
5 – Apple & Almond Butter
Oh how I love apples – Mother Nature’s most convenient portable snack. You can easily carry an apple or two around in your gym bag for a few days, and when paired with almond butter, it makes the most perfect post-workout snack.
The combination of the complex carbohydrates from the apple paired with the protein and heart-healthy fats found in the almonds make this a snack that satisfies both your appetite and your need for nutrients after a tough workout.
To make this snack as convenient as possible, look for individually packed, pre-portioned almond butter cups!
Nutrition Facts – Serving Size: 1 New York State Apple, 2 Tablespoons Almond Butter, 270 calories, 7 grams of protein, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 18 grams of fat
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