Top 5 Post-Workout Snacks

  • By RRC
  • 17 Aug, 2017

Just hit the gym, and need to restore those sore muscles? Long run, and you’re looking to refuel?

After exercise and some intense calorie-burning, it is extremely important to replenish your body with the proper nutrients so that your body and muscles can recover. Here are the top 5 snacks to have after a sweaty session on the treadmill:

1. Greek Yogurt:

This is a snack that is not only packed with protein, but also can be easily added to other dishes or mixed with your favorites. Greek yogurt is a great addition to a smoothie, mixed with some fruit and granola, or added to dips and sauces! Why is Greek yogurt so good for you?
Greek yogurt is full of calcium, which is excellent for bone health and muscle development.
  • It contains probiotics, and these promote a healthy gut. This bacteria helps you properly digest foods, boosts your immune system, and decreases stomach issues.
  • It is rich in amino acids, which are the building blocks for regenerating muscle tissue and repairing fibre damage.

2. Fruit and Nut Butter:

Pair a crunchy apple or ripe banana with some delicious nut butter (and if you have allergies, sun butter is a delicious nut-free alternative). It’s the perfect salty-sweet treat, and low-maintenance to prepare. Why is an apple and peanut butter so good for you?
  • Peanut butter for example, is high in monosaturated fat. Don’t let the word “fat” scare you- it’s extremely important! It helps your body burn fat, while continuing to build muscle. It also has other benefits, like lowering cholesterol and reducing heart disease. 
  • Peanut Butter is a rich source of plant-based protein. It not only repairs muscle, but it also fills you up. This is key to making sure your body is satiated after a big workout, and you’re not over eating or binging later on in the day
  • Apples are rich in fibre, and are also packed with natural sugars, which will help replenish any sugar you flushed out which you were sweating during your workout!

3. Sweet Potato:

Sweet potatoes are not only delicious, but they’re nutritious! Making a small batch of sweet potato fries is a great way to refuel after a workout, and feels as delicious and sinful as going for fries and a burger. Check out our recipe for sweet potato fries here to get your fix. Why are sweet potatoes so healthy?
  • After a workout, the body’s glycogen level drops, and sweet potato helps restore the glycogen levels
  • They are anti-inflammatory, which helps with muscle repair and soreness

4. Eggs:

Sunny side up, scrambled, poached or over easy? Whether you like your eggs as an omelette or with toast, these are an excellent and delicious source of nutrients. What do amazing things can eggs do for you after a sweat session at the gym?
  • At only 70 calories each, eggs pack almost 7g of protein 
  • Eggs are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. After a workout you’ve already gotten tons of endorphins, but Vitamin D also plays an important role in regulating moods and warding off depression

5. Oats:

not just for breakfast! Oats are a delicious snack, especially topped with berries (for an extra bit of hydration), and topped with a bit of nut butter for added protein. Why are oats so great after the gym?
  • Oats give the body energy, so that you can continue to build strength and have an intense workout.
  • Oats are a complex carb, and the body uses these carbs for energy like it is supposed to, instead of breaking down the protein from your foods or in your body.
  • Oatmeal has lots of fibre and burns very slowly in your body, keeping you satiated for a long period

What do you like to munch on after exercising? Let us know!

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By RRC 15 Sep, 2017

Recipe for: 12 Muffins


Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed, raw kale leaves, woody stalks discarded
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease a muffin tray.
  2. Tear the kale leaves into bite-sized pieces and steam for 5-6 minutes until tender. Once softened, drain the water, and puree the leaves in a food processor.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then beat in the kale, vanilla, lemon zest and juice.
  4. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and stir to gently combine.
  5. Fill the muffin cups ¾ full and bake for 15-20 minutes. 
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Cook Time: 65 minutes

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Cook Time: 35 minutes

Serves 6

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Serves 4


INGREDIENTS

  • 12oz raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, and tail removed
  • 8 oz cleaned squid cut into rings
  • 12 mussels, scrubbed 
  • 8 oz linguini 
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion 
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper 
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced zucchini
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, and 1 tbsp
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp hot chili sauce, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking oil. 
  2. Place the shrimp, squid and mussels on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 8 minutes, or until the mussels open. Remove from the oven and keep covered.
  3. While the seafood roasts, cook the linguini in boiling water until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 2 Tbsp of the pasta water for the sauce. Set aside.
  4. While the pasta cooks, spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking oil, add the 2tsp of olive oil and place over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and zucchini; stir-fry for 4 minutes, just until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the seafood, pasta, the final tbsp. of olive oil, reserved pasta water, lemon juice, garlic, chili sauce, cilantro, salt and pepper. Toss well and serve. 

Nutritional Analysis per Serving (1/4 of the recipe)

  • Calories 491 
  • Protein 32 g 
  • Fat 17 g 
  • Saturated Fat 2.5 g 
  • Carbohydrates 52 g 
  • Cholesterol 230 mg 
  • Sodium 379 mg 
  • Fiber 3.4 g 

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raw kale (or spinach), woody stalks discarded

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. In a food processor, blend kale until extremely fine.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl, then stir in remaining wet ingredients, as well as the kale, to form a dough. The dough will seem dry at first but will loosen up. **Add 1 additional tbsp milk of choice only if needed
  4. Roll the dough into balls. Place on a cookie tray, and bake 11 minutes. They will appear underdone, but leave them out to cool for 10 minutes, in which they will settle.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 14 minutes

Serves 12

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Preparation time 20 minutes • Cooking time 16 minutes

  • 12 oz (375 g) diced boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vegetable oil
  • 11/3 cups (335 mL) chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup (160 mL) diced carrots
  • 2 cups (500 mL) diced mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup (185 mL) diced red bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup (160 mL) diced water chestnuts
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced green onions
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) chopped cilantro

Hoisin Sauce

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) Hoisin Sauce, divided
  • 8 large Boston lettuce leaves
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) sesame seeds
  1. Dust the chicken with the flour and sauté in a skillet sprayed with vegetable oil just until cooked. Alternatively, these can also be grilled on the BBQ! Set aside when cooked through.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet sprayed with vegetable spray, heat the oil then sauté the onions for 5 minutes or just tender and fragrant. Add the carrots and mushrooms and sauté for another 8 minutes until tender, with no moisture left from the mushrooms. Add the red pepper and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the chicken, water chestnuts, green onions and cilantro.
  3. Add half of the Hoisin Sauce to the chicken mixture.
  4. Serve the chicken mixture with the lettuce and the remaining sauce on the side. Garnish with sesame seeds.

***Tips: Make ahead prepare the entire dish early in the day. Reheat gently in a skillet just before serving.

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories 262
  • Carbohydrates 31.4 g
  • Fibre 4.1 g
  • Protein 21.3 g
  • Total fat 6.7 g
  • Saturated fat 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol 45 mg
  • Sodium 525 mg
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