By Jennifer Fisher, TheFitFork.com
A well-stocked gym back is a must. Just don’t leave home without it! Whether I have cardio, yoga or strength training on my schedule or even just a bunch of errands all over town, I credit much of my energy and quick recovery to the small stockpile of healthy food rations I take on the go. There’s nothing worse than getting the performance-zapping ‘hangries” before a workout. And I hate to be at the mercy of what I find at a convenience store or vending machines, so I make sure to spend an extra minute or two before heading out the door to pack my gym bag with good-for-you-goodies.
Here are five of my favorite healthy gym bag snacks:
Healthy Gym Bag Snacks
Core Power: With 20 to 26 grams of protein per bottle, Core Power high protein shakes are the perfect way to refuel after a long run or tough workout. Drinking a bottle within 30 minutes helps to optimize muscle recovery and growth with the proper carb to protein ratio. I also love that Core Power has 5 delicious flavors to choose from (one for every workout!).
Fresh Fruit: Fresh fruit is Mother Nature’s treat. High in fiber and vitamins, fruit is a complex carbohydrate that offers a quick source of energy before or after workouts. Plus, fruit comes in its own wrapper – how “apeeling”! Keep a banana or an apple in your gym bag for a quick post workout pick me up.
Homemade Energy Bars: While there are plenty of quality energy bars for sale at the market, I prefer to make my own. That way I save money and keep control over the ingredients. Simply use a food processor to pulse together dried fruits, oats, nuts, and other nutritious ingredients, press into a pan and cut into bars.
Fruit & Nut Trail Mix: Toss together your own trail mix by adding nuts, seeds, dried fruit and extras like chocolate chips. This makes a great balanced fuel source with protein and carbohydrates. Store in a zip-lock bag and throw into your gym bag!
Peanut Butter Crackers: This might raise eyebrows in some quarters, but I love peanut butter crackers before long runs and endurance events. There’s something about the quick-energy carbs from the crackers and sustenance and protein from the peanut butter that keeps me going when the going gets tough. Make your own, using any type of nut butter and whole wheat or gluten-free crackers.
So there you have it. My gym bag favorites. What’s in your gym bag?
Jennifer Fisher is an enthusiastic Core Power fan and user. Along with being a contributor to the fairlife team, she’s a #FitFluential Ambassador, #IDEAfit Inspired Blogger and contributor at the Cooking Light Blogger Connection. Jennifer is also a fit food & healthy living guest speaker, competitive master’s runner, CrossFit enthusiast and mother of three pre-teen through teen boys! For more on Jennifer, visit her blog TheFitFork.com and follow her on twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.