5 Pre- and Post-Workout Healthy Snacks


Now that I’ve spent the summer working out at least 5 if not 6 days a week, I know what my body needs to keep me moving, energized and not eating a bunch of junk. (Although, honesty here, sometimes I do just want to eat the junk and I give in… after all, isn’t that a part of why I’m working out?)

I’ve found that I have the best workout if I have a high protein breakfast before going. And I feel better after if I have something with a lot of protein after. If I don’t have a lot of protein and a lot of water, the headache I get is unbearable.

These are some of my favorite pre and post-workout meals/snacks that get me through.

High protein smoothie

I’ve compiled a list of 18 great banana-free smoothies to which I can add protein powder to make a great snack or even meal.

18 banana free smoothies

High protein snack bars

I don’t always have time to get the blender running after my workout, especially if I’m doing preschool pick ups or running errands. I can throw one of the delicious Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple bars in my bag and eat it on the go.

Zone perfect perfectly simple bars

They are great #FeelGooder snacks with at least 10g of protein, 200 calories or less and they are gluten-free. They come in four great flavors: Almond Toffee Crunch, Bing Cherry & Almond, Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, Roasted Cashew & Dark Chocolate. You can grab a $1off coupon for Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple Bars, too.

Energy Bites

These involve a little more prep work, but I can throw High Energy No-Bake Bites into my bag for busy days, too. They are so easy to customize with flavors and ingredients you like, too.

Chocolate Milk

Many runners and athletes swear by chocolate milk as a great protein and carbohydrate rich post-run snack. I’ll take mine with almond milk and ice cold!

Double Berry Chia Pudding Parfait

I can soak my chia seeds the night before and make a great double berry chia pudding parfait. I won’t add the chocolate in the mornings and instead add some almonds or walnuts.

Double Berry Chia Pudding Parfait

What is your favorite before or after workout meal or snack?

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    1. The potassium in a banana is great for after workouts for muscles, especially. If only I could actually eat them!

  1. Danielle D says:

    I love to eat grapes.

  2. ½ cup cooked steel-cut oats topped with 1 tablespoon dried fruit and 1 tablespoon shaved almonds.

  3. heather s says:

    I learned they were gluten free and low in calories

  4. heather s says:

    after workouts I like peanutbutter on an apple

  5. shelly peterson says:

    I learned that they have 10 grams of protein.

  6. shelly peterson says:

    I like fresh fruit or yogurt.

  7. I learned that each of these bars has less than 200 calories.

  8. I like to eat fresh fruit, crackers and yogurt after a good workout. And a lot of water!

  9. I learned they are gluten free.

  10. I like almond butter with apple slices after workouts

  11. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    They are under 200 calories and gluten free. Also packed full of protein. Sounds a great bar to help you feel full!

  12. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I like to have a smoothie–one full of strawberries.

  13. YUM, I love high-protein, low-calorie snacks. I’d never heard of this line before but the snacks look delicious and right up my alley… bars are so convenient but I hate the carb-and-sugar-filled varieties that are so common (and tasty, let’s be real).

  14. Tabathia B says:

    I learned that they are gluten free

  15. Tabathia B says:

    I like balance bars

  16. Patrick Siu says:

    they have 10 g of protein

  17. Patrick Siu says:

    I drink banana smoothies

  18. I learned that they are gluten free so I can have them too! 🙂 Yeah!

  19. I love fruit for a pre or post workout snack!

  20. I like chocolate cashew milk post workout.

  21. I learned they are 200 calories or less

  22. I like some fresh fruit after a work out

  23. wen budro says:

    I enjoy some fruit and protein- like lean turkey or chicken- after a workout.

  24. I learned that no stores around me carry this but I can buy the bars online at Amazon or Target.

  25. I like yogurt or a banana after a workout.

  26. bridgett wilbur says:

    I learned they are 200 calories or less and I like a power shake after a workout.

  27. I learned that Perfectly Simple snacks uses simple ingredients that are gluten free and less than 200 calories. I really like the combination of ingredients for the snack bars, especially Bing Cherry & Almond.

  28. Emily Acker says:

    A homemade smoothie!

  29. I learned that they are gluten free!

  30. I really enjoy chocolate milk after a workout!

  31. Was great to learn that they are 200 calories or less.

  32. I like having a glass of chocolate milk after a workout.

  33. Katherine Riley says:

    I learned that they have 200 calories or less.

  34. Katherine Riley says:

    I like eating jerky while walking.

  35. I learned they are gluten free. I have been trying to go gluten free so thats what I always look for first.

  36. I like smoothies before workouts or afterwards.

  37. jennifer horn says:

    I learned each bar is 200 calories or less.

  38. jennifer horn says:

    I like to eat a banana after exercising.

  39. Cass Sudduth says:

    I learned that they are less than 200 cal each, gluten free and high in protien.

  40. Cass Sudduth says:

    I like to have some cold fresh fruit.

  41. learned they are gluten free

  42. I like a protein shake

  43. megan tilley says:

    I didn’t know that they were gluten free!

  44. megan tilley says:

    I love watermelon and strawberries after a work out!

  45. I learned that this high-protein bars are gluten free. They sound yummy!

  46. I enjoy a handful of walnuts.

  47. Marissa.S. says:

    I love the amount of protein in these!!

    Bars are my favorite for a pre or post workout snack!

  48. Shakeia Rieux says:

    I’ve learned that Perfectly Simple has 200 calories or less

  49. Shakeia Rieux says:

    Dates and peanut butter

  50. lissa crane says:

    I learned the every bar is Gluten free and under 200 calories!

  51. lissa crane says:

    My favorite snack is a banana! If possible with peanut butter for that extra protein boost!

  52. Danielle Jones says:

    I learned that their gluten free. Nice to see more choices for healthy gluten free snacks.

  53. Danielle Jones says:

    I enjoy grapes or an apple with a few peanut butter and crackers.

  54. Christina Anne says:

    I learned they have a great taste guarantee:)
    Their bars look delicious!!

  55. Christina Anne says:

    Preworkout snack for me is oatmeal with chia seeds and almonds:)

  56. anne perry says:

    I learned that there isn’t a non gmo version.

  57. anne perry says:

    I reach for organic cashews and organic pumpkin seeds.

  58. Breanna Pollard says:

    I reach for trail mix.

  59. sherry fowler says:

    dark chocolate and pretzels

  60. colleen long says:

    Hummus and carrots

  61. I don’t have a favorite snack to eat after working out, I just try to grab a fruit like an apple or banana.

  62. I learned you can get a $1. coupon from their site.

  63. We like seasonal fresh fruit for a snack.

  64. Julie Waldron says:

    I learned they’re gluten free.

  65. Julie Waldron says:

    I like cheese after a workout.

  66. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) says:

    I learned that they are Gluten Free and high in protein.

  67. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) says:

    I also enjoy eating a banana before working out.

  68. Leah Shumack says:

    I learned that you can get a coupon on their site and my favorite snack to reach for is granola!

  69. Angela Saver says:

    I learned they are loaded with protein & less than 200 calories!

  70. Angela Saver says:

    My favorite post workout snack is a banana with Sunflower butter!

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