4 Best Post-Workout Meals and Snacks

We all know that exercise is one of the keys to reaching a healthy weight and feeling great. But what you eat after your workout is important. You don't want to undo your hard work by making poor choices! Here are a handful of healthy post-workout meals and snacks to get you started.


Egg Mug

Egg Mug
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Egg whites (or fat-free liquid egg substitute) are low in calories and full of lean protein. But who wants to cook up an omelet after a grueling workout? You want something fast and easy! I'm a huge fan of egg mugs, which are egg scrambles made in the microwave.

You can make an egg mug in less than five minutes, and there's virtually no cleanup. Another benefit? There are so many delicious mix-ins you can add. But if you want something simple, all you have to do is microwave 3/4 cup egg whites or egg substitute in a mug for about a minute and a half, mix in 2 tbsp. of reduced-fat cheese, and microwave for another minute. 


Smart Smoothie

Smart smoothie
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A high-protein smoothie is a great way to refuel after a tough workout. Bonus: It'll hydrate you at the same time. But you have to be careful with smoothie-shop options: They're often much higher in sugar, carbs, and calories than you think.

Your best bet is to DIY. Combine unsweetened almond milk with frozen fruit (no sugar added), yogurt (use Greek for extra protein), crushed ice, and some protein powder. 


Apple Slices With Peanut Butter

Apples and Peanut Butter

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This is the perfect two-ingredient snack. Apples are low in calories, satisfying, and have a solid amount of healthy carbs to recharge your body after a workout. Plus they're crunchy and delicious. The only thing better than a nice, crisp apple is a nice, crisp apple spread with peanut butter to add a protein punch.


Cottage Cheese With Fruit

Cottage cheese with fruit

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Let's bring back cottage cheese. Why did it go out of style? It's a classic good-for-you snack, and if you doctor it up right, cottage cheese tastes great.

Mix cottage cheese with a drop of vanilla extract and a dollop of honey; then top with blueberries, raspberries, and/or strawberries. If you're not a berry person, any chopped fruit will work. 

By Lisa Lillien
Lisa Lillien is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of Hungry Girl, where she shares healthy recipes and realistic tips and tricks.