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Snack Attack: Pre and Post Workout Snack Ideas

People are always asking me what they should eat before and after working out and the math is simple: aim for a high-carbohydrate, moderate protein, low-fat meal or snack. The problem comes in when trying to figure out what snacks and meals fall into those basic guidelines. I did a fun little quiz on foods for working out a while back, but recently Weight Watchers has summed up their favorite pre- and post-workout snacks/meals. They sound tasty and look easy, so I wanted to share them with you so you can get a few more ideas for yourself. They are:

Five pre-workout snack ideas:

  1. Half a chicken, turkey or lean roast beef sandwich on whole-wheat bread
  2. Low-fat yogurt with a sliced banana
  3. Low-fat string cheese and 6 whole-grain crackers
  4. Hard-boiled eggs, yolks removed and replaced with hummus. (Check out my own recipe here!)
  5. Skim milk blended with frozen fruit to make a smoothie

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Five post-workout replenishing meal ideas:

  1. One or two poached eggs on whole-wheat toast
  2. Bean burrito: a whole-wheat tortilla filled with black beans, salsa and reduced-fat cheese
  3. Stir-fried chicken and vegetables (try pepper, zucchini and carrot) over brown rice
  4. Whole-wheat pasta tossed with chicken, broccoli and eggplant
  5. Whole-grain cereal or oatmeal, with milk and fruit (such as a sliced banana)


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