“What should I eat after a workout?”
We have all struggled with the answer to this question. “Do I eat a meal or have snack?” “If snacking, do I eat a piece of fruit or have a low-carb snack such as a hard boiled egg?” “Do I make a fruit smoothie or a protein shake?” “Is it best to eat your calories after an intense workout or to drink them?” These are questions asked of personal trainers and nutritionists worldwide.
Though the answer to these questions varies greatly from region to region, most fitness and nutrition experts agree on the fact that low-carb, high protein snacks are ideal for after a workout. The protein in these low glycemic foods helps repair your muscles after an intense workout while the heart healthy fats and dense nutritional value fuel and nourish your body.
The following list of 44 healthy low-carb snack ideas is designed to help you fuel your body after an intense workout without sabotaging your weight loss goals. Best of all, most of these low-carb snacks can be prepared in minutes and are portable.
- BTW: nutritionists recommend you eat your post-workout calories instead of drinking them.
- Please feel free to share your favorite low-carb snack ideas in the comments below 🙂
44 Healthy Low-Carb Snack Ideas
2 hard boiled eggs with mustard or hot sauce Handful of almonds (About 10-15 pieces)
1/2 apple with peanut butter 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt with berries
1/2 can tuna or salmon in lettuce cups Small meatballs made with beef, turkey or pork
1 cup cottage cheese with chia seeds and raspberries 1/2 avocado with sour cream, chives, cilantro and edamame
1/2 cup cottage cheese with 1/2 of an avocado, strawberries and a splash of balsamic vinegar Tomato, avocado and goat cheese in a lettuce cup
(Smoothie) 1/2 avocado, 2 kiwi, 1/8 cup soy milk, strawberries 1/2 avocado covered in spicy hummus, lime juice and parsley
Thin slices of low sodium Turkey breast and tomatoes in lettuce cups shredded chicken, diced tomatoes, cucumbers & 1 tsp crumbled feta in lettuce cups
Bite-sized watermelon & feta snacks made with stacked, cubed watermelon & Feta pieces Bite-sized cucumber, feta and walnut snacks
sauteed mushrooms stuffed with guacamole and crumbled bacon sauteed mushrooms stuffed with ground Turkey and topped with Pico de Gallo
Low-sugar beef or turkey jerky Edamame with sea salt
1 Quest Protein Bar (My favorite protein bar) 1 Pure Protein Bar (My second favorite protein bar)
Dark chocolate with at least 70-85% cocoa content 1 tbsp chunky peanut butter spread on a piece of low-carb flaxseed bread & topped with strawberries
1/2 cup Tzatziki sauce with 1 serving of Flaxseed crackers (Around 3 crackers) 1/2 cup cottage cheese with 2 tbsp Greek cucumber & tomato salad with 1 serving of Flaxseed chia crackers (Around 3 crackers)
1 pack of seaweed snacks 1 snack-size pack of Quest Protein Chips
Sugar-Free Jello with a sprinkling of berries or coarsely ground cashews (Protein shake) Soy or almond milk, protein powder & your choice of Low-carb fruit/vegetables
Smoked salmon & goat cheese spread on cucumber slices 1 stick of string cheese
Baked zucchini chips Baked Kale chips
1 cup low-sodium plain popcorn (Flavored popcorn often has added sugar) 1 large artichoke with salt, pepper and lemon juice
Bite-sized roasted cauliflower "Popcorn" pieces 2 grilled chicken wings sprinkled with salt, pepper and lime juice
Crispy Prosciutto chips Crispy mushroom chips
1/2 cup black bean salad made with diced green peppers, diced tomatoes, avocado, lemon juice, salt and pepper 1 tbsp hummus with lemon juice, paprika and celery sticks and/or carrot sticks
High Fiber Cereals with unsweetened soy milk Greek yogurt mixed with your choice of mashed berries and frozen into Popsicle sticks