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8 After-Sports Snacks That Go For The Gold

After a hard day of playing sports, your body wants to be replenished with real food. These simple snacks have a good mix of carbs, protein, and other healthy nutrients* to help you regain your energy and get your body healing. So you can get back in the game.

1) Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

 

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2) Healthy Nutella Granola Bars

 

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Like that? Try this: Cranberry Nut Granola Bars

3) Camp Trail Mix

 

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Like that? Try this: Festive Nut Bowl

4) Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Use a nut milk in this recipe for a delicious non-dairy after-sports drink.

 

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5) Summer Berry Parfait with Yogurt and Granola

 

Summer Berry Parfait with Yogurt and Granola

Photo by brandyd

6) Black Bean Spread

 

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7) California Club Chicken Wraps

 

California Club Chicken Wraps

Photo by DIZ

Like that? Try this: Easy Snack Wraps

8) Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Carrots are a great hummus delivery system. Or try whole-grain crackers or bread.

 

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BONUS TIP: No time for recipes? Toss some roasted cashews in your gym bag for a quick after-workout snack. The Mayo Clinic says cashews "are good sources of protein and zinc — key nutrients for cell growth and repair." Cashews also make an excellent Date Bar.

*For more info on sports snacking, check out the interview with Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and author of Sports Nutrition for Coaches, which appeared in The New York Times Well blog.

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