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Breaking down the latest research on Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition
Written By: Dr. Barry Sears, Ph. D | Creator of the Zone Diet

Written by Mary Perry, MS, RD, LDN
on April 26, 2018

Having a pre or post workout snack doesn’t have to negate everything you’ve burned off during the course of your activity. In fact, having the right mix of fuels in your body allows you reap the best results from your workout. A pre-workout snack can give you the energy you need to power through, while eating immediately after helps to replenish muscle glycogen and promote greater recovery.

WorkoutSnacks-BlogWe recommended consuming a Zone snack 30-45 minutes before a workout and having another within 15 to 30 minutes after. When choosing a snack, all you need is about a 100 calorie Zone snack balanced in protein and carbohydrate and a little fat. The combination of protein and carbohydrate prior to working out will help to minimize muscle damage and maintain blood glucose levels which naturally fall during a workout. Fueling post-workout helps to replenish muscle glycogen and initiate muscle repair. So what might this combination look like?

Pre-Post Workout Snack Ideas

  1. Greek Yogurt, Almonds, Blueberries 


This combination has the right blend of protein, fat and carbohydrate, plus its light to avoid that full or bloated feeling prior to or after exercise. Greek yogurt packs a protein punch with just a 1/4 cup having 6 grams of protein. Couple this with blueberries which are rich in polyphenols to help combat the stress from your workout and some almonds to keep your energy going longer.

  1. Apple with Cheese


This snack is a convenient one to have on hand and if you forgot to pack your snack and are headed to workout, you can often find this combination in most convenient stores.  

  1. Cottage Cheese, Almonds, Fruit 


Cottage cheese is rich in leucine, an amino acid that helps with protein synthesis, making this a great recovery snack.

  1. Eggs with Hummus or Guacamole


If you aren’t a huge breakfast eater and tend to work out in the mornings this is something you can make ahead on the weekends and grab before your morning workout. Simply scoop out the yolk inside in a hardboiled egg, discard, and replace with guacamole or hummus for a nutritious snack that won’t leave you feeling too full.

  1. ZoneRx Bar


There is nothing more convenient or portable than a ZoneRx bar. Easy to eat on the go and to have tucked in your workout bag when you’re ready. Simply have half a bar before you workout and the other half immediately after and you’ve hit all your pre and post workout needs. 

  1. ZoneRx Shakes


Move over chocolate milk and welcome ZoneRx shakes.  For a long-time chocolate milk has been touted as one of the best recovery drinks because of its mix of protein and carbohydrate. Unfortunately too many carbohydrates in our snack choices can actually impede growth hormone from being released post-exercise due to high levels of insulin. Instead reach for a ZoneRx Shake. When our workouts fall before a main meal, ZoneRx Shakes make for a great post-recovery meal replacement. They have the right mix of everything you need to keep blood sugar levels balanced and  are enriched with polyphenols to help combat any post-workout stress. If you don’t want a full meal replacement but still want something substantial, simply use half the amount of powder and milk for a great post-recovery snack.

For more pre and post workout ideas check out our recipe section to search through hundreds of perfectly Zoned meals.

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