Getting our sweat on does wonders for our physical and mental health. However, in order to get the most out of our workouts, we have to fuel our bodies with the best foods. This means consuming nutrient-dense, plant foods that are high in protein.
These foods build and repair tissues and allow for a quicker recovery. If you’re like most people, finding time to plan out these healthful snacks can be difficult. But with a little bit of understanding and preparation, you’ll be able to take these foods on the go!
Top 5 Vegan High Protein Post-Workout Snackss
Fruit with Nut Butter and Coconut Water
Take one of your favorite fruits, like an apple, pear, or banana, and throw on a hefty scoop of nut butter – peanut, cashew, almond, or hazelnut. Nut butters are packed full of protein to help you recover from a workout.
Make sure to grab a nice cooling glass of coconut water. You’ll need some rehydration after an intense workout.
From frozen fruit with plant-based milks to fresh greens and protein powder, your options are endless! Try adding hemp seeds for an extra protein boost full of omega-3 fatty acids. Make your smoothie full of berries or extra tropical.
Think of your favorite flavors and combine them with an avocado. You have yourself a meal! Slice an avocado in half and fill it with black beans, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, or fill it with roasted garbanzo beans, tahini, spicy peanuts, and some lemon juice. Beans are a great source of protein and will fill you up after a heavy workout. Find some inspiration here.
Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seeds are full of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. This is one of the simplest meals to prepare, but it does take time. Make sure to prepare at least a few hours in advance – this needs time to set in the refrigerator. All you need is a plant-based milk (almond, soy, cashew), vanilla extract, maple syrup or agave nectar, and chia seeds. You can always add in fresh fruit, chopped nuts, and even some cinnamon! Why not try this recipe?
Hummus and Chopped Veggies
This is a great go-to snack whenever you’re out on the run or need something to hold you over until your next meal. Hummus is a dip that can be made from just about any bean combined with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and various spices and comes with a hefty serving of protein. It comes in a wide variety of flavors, like pine nut, roasted red pepper, and even jalapeno. Chop up some of your favorite veggies, like celery, cucumber, squash, carrots, and radishes, and dip away!