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Quick Post-Walk Power Snacks for Clients

post-walk_powersnacksIt’s common directly following a cardio workout to crave food. The human body is telling you that it has burned a lot of calories as well as utilized some stored water, both of which need to be replenished to keep functioning normally. But it can be a challenge to translate hunger into what exactly the body needs — proteins, carbs, fats? All the while, your mind is telling you that it needs something to satiate the stomach now. These factors typically end in eating a snack that doesn’t optimally replenish the body.

That pattern of unplanned post-walk snacks is about to change for your clients. You can give them the key information they need to succeed in their cardio workout and their weight management goals. Start by telling them the importance of replenishing the body and building/repairing muscle within 15-30 minutes of exercise. Then, provide these quick, easy, and healthy post-walk power snacks as options:

  1. Oatmeal or Trail Mix – These two snacks are ready immediately and sprinkled with carb-packed morsels like nuts and dried fruit. Carbs are crucial to replenishing energy stores and kicking the sluggishness that might otherwise result. As liver and muscle glycogen stores increase, low blood sugar is prevented. You can also suggest sprinkling trail mix or fresh nuts and fruit into oatmeal as a healthy breakfast.
  2. Peanut Butter on Toast – Simple, right? Spreading peanut butter on toast takes only moments and is great for someone who wants something both sweet and salty but still healthy! The toast gives you a small punch of carbs, the peanut butter offers protein, and the small amount of salt from either can help regain salt lost through sweat.
  3. Half of a Tuna or Turkey Panini – Tuna and turkey are both hearty sources of protein for an after-run snack. Cutting the sandwich in half gives the needed nutrition without creating a feeling of being too full between meals.
  4. Fruit Cup – Slice up half of an orange and a ½ cup of strawberries. Mix together for a delicious, fresh fruit cup without the extra calories from sweetened syrup. The rich and natural carbs from the fruit will help you rock the rest of your day!
  5. Hot or Chilled Cocoa – For a sweet heart-healthy treat, combine ½ cup hot water, 1 tsp instant coffee, 1 Tbsp natural cocoa powder, and ⅓ cup fat-free milk. Serve over ice if desired. Either way, you’re gaining nutritious compounds from the cocoa and a little bit of hydration.

Share these five healthy snack ideas with clients to supplement a workout routine. Also consider stocking products that contain ingredients such as LOWAT®. LOWAT®, like the ingredients in the snacks above, is naturally derived and can assist with weight management goals. For more information onLOWAT® or other product ingredients from InterHealth, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-783-4636 to speak with a representative directly.

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