Editor's Note: This post was originally published in January 2015 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy.
Just as important as your workout, and how hard you train for that healthy body, are the types of recovery foods you put into your body after the fact. Clean eating snacks provide the most nutritious way to help repair muscle tissue, replace lost fluids and glycogen, and help you feel your best.
Building a healthy body is about more than the hard work you put in at the gym. Quite possibly the most important step in your fitness journey starts with clean eating. Finding clean snack ideas that are quick and healthy is easy, and some of the best post workout snacks are the simplest.
Here are 4 great ideas for clean eating snack recipes that will help you recover and repair your body after a hard sweat.
1. Bananas and Nut Butter
A staple of the clean eating diet snack pantry, the banana and nut butter combination is one of the more popular ways to refuel after a workout. Bananas are a great source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber to help you feel full. Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, pistachio butter...the list is endless. Simply pick your favorite nut butter, and spoon it on the end of your banana. You can also spread the nut butter on a rice cake and add slices of banana to the top. Yum!
2. Greek Yogurt and Fruit
If you can handle dairy, then greek yogurt can be a convenient clean eating staple for you. Packed with lots of lean protein and revitalizing carbohydrates, greek yogurt packs a clean eating punch that will quickly satisfy your hunger without hindering your fitness. Add some fresh fruit to sweeten it up, and you’ve got yourself a nutritious and tasty post workout meal.
3. Whole Grain Pita Pocket With Eggs and Hummus
No sweet tooth? Forgo the sugary fruity carbs and fill up on a savory treat that has just the right combination of carbs and protein to compliment your exercise efforts. Simply spread some hummus inside a whole grain pita pocket, and add a sliced egg. The result is pure post workout fitness building nutrition, with a side of delicious.
4. Apple Slices and Low Fat Cheese
Apples are a great source of fiber and healthy sugars. Plus that sweet and satisfying crunch is a snack lovers paradise. Pair a sliced apple with a string cheese or a few slices of your favorite sharp cheddar to enjoy a healthy treat that tastes more like an indulgence than a healthy fitness food. Chew them both at the same time to experience the classic sweet and tangy flavors that have had mouths watering for decades.
Try all of these simple and flavorful clean eating snacks and decide for yourself which clean eating post workout snack best satisfies your taste buds. And don’t forget, you’ll get the most benefit and optimum results if you eat your snack within 30 minutes of exercise. Sweat hard and enjoy your simply nutritious and absolutely delicious post workout snacks!