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The best post-workout snacks

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May 4th 2021 ・ 4 min reading

There are many ways people can stay in shape and lead a healthy lifestyle. Workouts are hugely popular to improve overall health as they’re so convenient – there are lots of classes online, so you don’t have to leave your home to start your fitness journey! And the best way to kick-start your workout is with a tasty Chiquita banana.

What is the best meal to eat after your workout?

Post-workout snacks are an important part of your exercise regime. It’s important to find something delicious and nutritious for an after workout snack to refuel your muscles. What is the best food to eat after a workout? Adding a high-quality, great-tasting Chiquita banana to your exercise regime could be the answer you’re looking for! Below, we’ll look at why bananas are so good as a post-workout treat and look at some great new recipes you can find on our website.

Why is a post workout snack a good thing?

When you’re working out, your muscles deplete their stock of glycogen (which is how the body stores its short-term energy). When you stop working out, your body immediately tries to start rebuilding and repairing those tired muscles, and you can help by providing the right nutrients soon after exercising. This means that a small after-workout meal is an important part of the workout itself.

So what should you be looking for in that essential post-workout meal? You should opt for balanced carbs and protein as they work together to help the body produce glycogen. The good news is that a delicious Chiquita banana contains just what you need!

Post-workout recipes

There are also some great new Chiquita banana recipes on our website that can give you the banana goodness you’re seeking in exciting new ways. Have a look – we promise you’ll love these ideas!

Post-workout Greek yogurt, Chiquita banana and peanut butter

Post-workout greek yogurt, banana & peanut butter Bowl by Chiquita

As a post-workout snack, what could be a better combination than creamy, high protein Greek yogurt, a Chiquita banana, and another super-tasty source of protein, peanut butter? Added together, you don’t need to be a maths genius to see that these equal a perfect after-workout meal – light and yet really satisfying.

Post-workout Chiquita banana protein pancakes

Post-workout banana protein pancakes by Chiquita

Pancakes nearly tops our list of the best foods to eat after a workout! These fluffy, delicious pancakes are easy to make (and you can store the batter in the fridge, so it’s ready as soon as you’ve finished your exercise). Chiquita bananas are just the best ingredient to add to pancakes, because they make the batter super light as well as amazingly tasty!

What to eat for a post-workout boost

A yummy and nutritious banana is one of the best post-workout snacks around, as we’ll explain in more detail below. Bananas are a great source of readily available energy for the body and contain good levels of important vitamins and minerals that can help speed up your recovery time after a workout.

If you’re tired after exercising, it’s very tempting to just grab a sweet treat for a quick energy hit – but lots of studies have found that super-sugary treats like candy only increase your energy slump. Luckily, the tasty natural sweetness of Chiquita bananas make them an ideal after-workout meal. Bananas, particularly when they’re a little under-ripe, also contain good amounts of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which ensures all that delicious energy is released steadily, avoiding peaks in your blood sugar levels.

Bananas are bursting with goodness

It’s important that your after-workout meal helps you to maintain the healthy lifestyle you’re looking for. Luckily, bananas contain a range of vitamins and minerals that make them the perfect after-workout snack.

Bananas also famously contain plenty of potassium, an important mineral that helps to regulate fluid balance and muscle contraction –they also contain other good electrolytes, calcium and magnesium, tucked under that cute yellow peel. No wonder some people swear by a banana to help relieve painful muscle cramps!

Chiquita bananas are an ideal post-workout snack and a great addition to a tasty after-workout meal. So, remember, next time you go to the store, pick up a bunch of Chiquita bananas as the perfect partner to support your fitness journey.

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