Best New Workout Snacks
We all know that it’s important to clean up our eating habits when we’re trying to make those hard-earned gains in the gym, keep protein high and simple processed carbs low, among other things. But there are only so many Quest bars, chicken breasts or whey protein shakes a person can choke down day after day. The clean eating struggle is real, especially when you’re dealing with that ravenous, post-workout hunger. Here is our latest round up of new and interesting workout-friendly snacks that are easy to eat on the run and satisfy those dessert or junk food cravings. Nutrition experts agree that not all foods that come in packages and boxes are necessarily unhealthy. In our fast paced modern life, sometimes you just need to have a healthy snack that can go into your gym bag or sit in your car or freezer when hunger strikes.
EKG PALEO SNACKS
It may sound too good to be true, but it’s possible to eat clean and still eat cookies, brownies and cupcakes. EKG’s paleo pastries taste just like homemade treats your grandma would make, only a lot healthier. This company was created by a group of health enthusiasts (and Barry’s fanatics!) who were frustrated at the deceptively healthy snacks that were on the market and banded together to change the industry. We sampled a box of goodies and it was hard to believe these treats were grain-free and dairy free, the texture was so moist and light. Everything (seriously, EVERYTHING) we tried was amazing, but the chocolate lovers in us were crushing hard on the Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookie.
EKG Snacks are mostly organic and non-GMO, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and sometimes nut-free. Now available for shipping anywhere in the U.S. More info and online store here: EKGproject.com. And EKG is offering a limited time discount for us – use discount code ChestBackAndPaleoAbs for 10% off and free shipping! Expires 1-17-16
VIKING PROTEIN WAFFLES
Created by Benedicte Engen, a Norwegian trainer, who researched a healthy alternative to her grandmother’s beloved Norwegian waffle recipe after asking herself, “Why is eating healthy associated with restrictions in life? Food is supposed to be fun!” The solution: protein waffles and they’re insanely delicious and selling, well, like hot cakes at the Barry’s Fuel Bars in New York City. One waffle contains 172 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 10 grams of carbohydrates, along with a power punch of 24grams of protein!
GET IT: Alas, only in selected health food stores in NYC and at Barry’s NYC studios. Currently, online purchases are only being shipped to the tri-state New York area. But nationwide shipping coming soon. Stay tuned at vikingwaffles.com.
QUEST PROTEIN CHIPS
You don’t have to wait for cheat days to satisfy your potato chip cravings with these guilt-free snacks. At 120 calories, 21 grams of protein and only 5 grams of carbs, it’s all that and a bag of chips. Available in Sour Cream & Onion, Sea Salt and Salt & Vinegar flavor.
GET IT: GNC Stores or questnutrition.com
P28 FOODS PEANUT BUTTER
Take your nut butter game to the next level with these delicious, protein-rich spreads which contain whey protein isolate to jack up the protein to 14 grams per 2 tablespoon serving, which is double what regular peanut butter offers. Not into peanut butter? No problem! In addition to their signature blend, they offer all kinds flavored cashew, almond and sunflower spreads in White Chocolate, Caramel Turtle, Banana Raisin, Apple Crisp and Gingerbread. Delicious over apples, celery sticks or with a spoon, straight out of the jar.
Get it: P28Foods.com
HALO TOP ICE CREAM
Their web page says it all: “Finally, healthy ice cream that actually tastes like ice cream.” We bought some pints of chocolate, mint chip and vanilla at our local Ralphs supermarket and admittedly, we were skeptical. The cartons felt light as air and our previous experience with healthy ice cream and the usual gritty texture and weird aftertaste didn’t leave us with high expectations.
But we were blown away by the rich, full fat taste and creamy texture of all the flavors. Go ahead and kill the entire pint, it’s only 240-280 calories and 24 grams of protein for the entire carton!
Get it: We’ve seen it at our local Whole Foods. But go to halotop.com and input your zip code to locate the nearest store.