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Flex Fuel: 8 Best Snacks for Post-Workout Recovery

* Reach for a healthy snack to refuel after a workout 
* Grab protein-enriched potato chips and smoothies you can pack and carry
* Re-stock and buy these snacks online

You may hit the weights, crunch your core or sweat it out in spin class, but if you stop there, you’re cutting yourself short. That’s because exercise is only the first part of the process.

When you exercise, you tear down muscle tissue and burn fat. To get the most from your time at the gym, you have to feed your body the nutrition it needs to rebuild a better you. Start by picking up a couple of these post-workout snacks.

1. Premier Protein Protein Shake

Protein is a must for anyone who wants to get in shape. If your goal is to add muscle mass, it’s just as important as lifting weights. To recover quickly and get faster results, you should get a serving of protein (20-30 grams) immediately after your workout. These low fat shakes from Premier Protein are a smart choice. Each 160 calorie serving contains 30 grams of protein along with 24 vitamins and minerals. They’re convenient to carry in your gym bag, and they go down smoother than most powder mixes.


2. thinkThin High Protein Bars

If you’re in the bad habit of eating junk food as a post-workout reward, this sugar and gluten-free snack bar may be the solution for you. Each 230 calorie bar packs 20 grams of protein, along with a significant portion of calcium, potassium and iron. They make a great meal replacement for weight watchers who need something fast after an early morning workout.

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3. Quest Nutrition Protein Chips

Getting in shape used to mean cutting out potato chips. No more. Each package of Quest Nutrition Protein Chips contains only 130 calories, 3 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat and a whopping 21 grams of protein. Available in classic flavors like Cheddar & Sour Cream, BBQ, Salt & Vinegar and Sour Cream & Onion, they make a great snack for after your workout or even while watching the game.


4. SmashPack – Fruit & Protein Snacks

Rather than waiting at the shake bar, pack one of these delicious smoothies in your gym bag. Packaged in a convenient squeeze pouch, each 180 calorie serving provides 14 grams of whey protein isolate to repair muscles and 5 grams of healthy fat to soothe inflammation and provide long-lasting energy. They’re free of gluten, soy and artificial ingredients, and they’re even kosher certified. If you can’t decide between Mixed Berry, Orange Peach or Tropical Fruit, try the Variety Pack.


5. RXBAR Whole Food Protein Bar

Available in 13 delicious flavors including Peanut Butter, Chocolate Sea Salt and Blueberry, each RXBAR contains 3 egg whites, and other simple, real ingredients. Packed with 12 grams of protein, RXBARS are also a source of dietary fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium. They’re also a favorite among the SPY team.

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6. Primal Kitchen Collagen Protein Bars

Free of grains, added sugars, gluten, soy, dairy and any other artificial or processed ingredients, what makes these snack bars stand out is the inclusion of anti-aging collagen protein. That’s because collagen doesn’t just aid in workout recovery; it also boosts the health of your skin and hair while alleviating sore joints. The variety pack includes two each of Dark Chocolate Almond, Coconut Cashew, Chocolate Hazelnut and Macadamia Sea Salt.

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7. Medtrition Gelatein PLUS

This isn’t the Jell-O your mom packed for lunch. Each 130 calorie serving of this enriched snack offers 20 grams of protein, making it great for when you’re craving something light, sweet and healthy. Available in Cherry, Pineapple and Tropical Lime, it’s bound to become a staple of your fitness nutrition.

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8. Nature’s Best Isopure Ready-to-Drink

If you want to quench your thirst and feed your muscles at the same time, try one of these tasty bottled drinks. Sugar and aspartame-free, each 20 ounce serving gives you 40 grams of whey protein. Order the 9 count variety pack and get one of each flavor: Grape Frost, Apple Mellon, Blue Raspberry, Passion Fruit, Orange Banana, Alpine Punch, Mango Peach, Coconut and Icy Orange.

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