14 Workout Snacks To Make Ahead

Fuel up or replenish with delish, healthy snack ideas.

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Got snacks? If you’re exercising to lose weight, you need healthy snacks on hand to replenish energy levels and build calorie-burning lean muscle. Here are 14 Workout Snacks To Make Ahead of time so they’ll be ready to go when you are.

Processed workout snacks like energy bars seem like a healthy choice, but those pretty packages can fool you with shiny wrappers and blurbs touting words like “protein” and “whole grain.” True, those nutrients are good for you. But processed workout snacks contain other ingredients that add inches and pounds. Added refined sugar is common in these snacks. So is added sodium, which can increase blood pressure and raise the risk of heart disease — the number one cause of death in women.

You have alternatives. What’s more, they’re delicious alternatives. These snack recipes for workouts include ingredients that are minimally-processed or whole, which means they don’t have refined sugars and excess sodium.

Make it easier to enjoy nutritious snacks by setting aside time to prepare them. For example, make a batch of the Superfood Chia Energy Bites below on a Sunday so you can grab-n-go during the week. No matter when you prepare them, you can be confident you’re treating your body to the antioxidants, fiber, and other nutrients it deserves.

1. Skinny Berry Parfait
Add the granola right before eating to preserve the crunchy goodness of this workout snack.

2. No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
Indulge cravings the healthy way with this snack. The bites offer the power of peanut or almond butter, banana, and chia seeds.

3. No-Bake Workout Bars
Complex carbs and protein combine for a delicious grab-n-go workout snack that includes oats, chocolate chips, raisins, peanut butter, and more.

4. Banana Blueberry Bars
Dates and no-sugar-added apple juice lend the right amount of sweetness to this homemade bar recipe.

5. Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars
Power up your workout with this peanut butter recipe. These bars provide healthy carbs and unrefined sugar.

6. Oat-Date Bar
With oats, whole wheat flour, and dates, these bars will fill you up the nutritious way.

Superfood Chia Energy Bites

7. Superfood Chia Energy Bites
Chia seeds deliver fiber, protein, and antioxidants for a healthier alternative to packaged workout snacks. Did we mention this is a no-bake recipe?

8. Slow Cooker Cinnamon & Honey Nuts
One serving of these simply-prepared nuts delivers energy and a hefty dose of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

9. Skinny Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
Dip fresh fruit slices into this yummy and easy recipe made with protein-rich Greek yogurt.

10. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Chickpeas give protein and fiber to nourish the body. Serve with your favorite fresh vegetables.

11. Quinoa Protein Bars
Superfood quinoa delivers a protein punch in these workout snack bars. They have 14 grams of protein per serving!

12. Clean-Eating Almond Butter and Jelly
This grown-up version of PB&J is a fantastic snack. Simply spread on one piece of whole wheat bread or use as a tasty fruit dip.

13. Fruit Energy Bars
Dates contain long-lasting natural energy that will take you through all those laps and pushups. You’ll also find dried apricots, almonds, and chia seeds in this superfood recipe.

14. Three-Seed Berry Parfait
Sink your spoon into this healthy snack, which contains Greek yogurt. Keep it crunchy-fresh by adding the seeds right before serving.


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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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