You come into the kitchen after a hard workout, and you’re
starved. It’s a good idea to have a snack 30 to 60 minutes after exercise
anyway. You wanna reach for those brownies on the counter, but that’ll undo
everything ya just did! So what are the best foods that’ll fill you up without
nixing all your healthy efforts?
Whip up a banana and yogurt smoothie. The yogurt has protein
to help ya build lean muscle and also packs lots of calcium for your bones.
Using bananas means your muscles will recover better and you’ll have less problems
with cramps. Plus the carbs will give you a boost of energy after all that hard
work ya just did.
Slapping together a sandwich will get ya just about
everything your bod needs to be healthy. Sandwiches pack protein to build
muscle, and you can add veggies for some extra vitamins. Use whole grain bread
to get fiber, and make sure the meat is low sodium, since lunchmeats tend to get
a bit too salty. Slip some cheese on there, too, for calcium and added protein.
We heart eggs because they’re the best type of protein for
your bod. They have all the essential amino acids, and if ya just eat one, you
won’t have to worry that it’ll up your cholesterol too much. Throw some veggies
and cheese into your omelet for even more vitamins and minerals.
See With Sweet
These little spuds have tons of vitamin A, which keeps your
eyes healthy, and they’ve got vitamin C, too. There are lots of different ways
you can cook ‘em, so there’s no danger of getting bored. Top one off with
protein by sprinkling some cheese or putting a li’l brown sugar and chopped
walnuts on it.
Orange You Glad We
Didn’t Say Banana?
Peeling oranges is time-consuming, but they’re just so
sweet! Plus your hands will smell delish after. The vitamin C in oranges will
keep your muscles from aching, and since they’ve got carbs, your energy levels
will be back up in no time.
The Light Side of Dark
If you’re really craving dessert, a few squares of dark
chocolate are the best thing you can munch on. Their antioxidants will lower
cholesterol and keep your heart healthy. You’ll get plenty of sugary energy,
too. Just remember to keep your sweet tooth in check, and don’t eat too much.
Try dabbing on a li’l peanut butter or stir it into some trail mix to fill up
So divas, what kinds
of foods do you grab when your energy is down and ya wanna get your vitamin
BY CARRIE RUPPERT ON 6/27/2012 5:07:00 PM
POSTED IN healthy eating 101, how to cut out junk food, nutrition, workouts