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Complete your exercise routine with good snacks

Dragging yourself out of your cosy bed to hit the gym is a definite struggle. But the feeling you get at the end of a good workout beats everything. You feel energised, good about yourself and ready to keep your body healthy. Now it’s time to feed the body after an intense session.

It is easy to reach for that quick boost of energy and satisfy your craving for chocolate or a soda. While we are not against the occasional treat, consuming a bar of chocolate would defeat the aim of exercising. Homemade snacks can be quick, cheap and most importantly tasty! You know what you are putting in them and don’t have to decipher strange words in the ingredient list. We highly recommend preparing them in advance. You should be exhausted from the gym session and the last thing you want to do is be in the kitchen.

Peanut Butter-Dates

  • A handful of dates, sliced and pitted
  • Natural creamy peanut butter

Simply spread some peanut butter on one half of the sliced date and sandwich it with the other half. The fibre from the dates and the protein from the peanut butter will help to recharge your body’s blood sugar and energy levels. Keep them in a snack box and put it in your gym bag. Don’t like dates? Substitute them for banana!

Chia Seed Pudding

  • 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
  • 1 cup sliced Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced Almonds
  • 2 tablespoons Honey

Combine the yogurt, almond milk, honey and chia seeds in a mason jar, and mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The chia seeds will expand and create a thick consistency. The next day, top it off with strawberries and almonds. This will last you for a week and you can change up your fruits and nuts to your heart’s desire. It is hearty and filling, and it makes for a nice cold, delicious snack after a hot session.

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 2 medium-sized Sweet Potato, peeled and cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/3 cup fresh herbs (thyme, parsley, mint)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients and ensure all the sweet potatoes are well marinated. Arrange them on your baking tray in a single layer and bake them for about 40 minutes. Do this the day before and refrigerate them. After your workout, quickly reheat them. Sweet potato have good vitamins and nutrients for your body. You can also satisfy the ‘fries-craving’ by ‘cheating’ cleverly!

These snacks are packed with natural goodness of healthy food. Complete your exercise routine with good snacks which are not boring or tasteless!

– Benazir ParweenCorrespondent (Food)

Image Courtesy: Melissa (https://www.flickr.com/photos/buzzymelibee/8574167745), Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic | Flickr

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