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.

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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.

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Gina Cavallo and Emily Farley of The EKG team with Barry’s trainer Rebecca Kennedy and Liz Upward

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

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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.

 

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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

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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

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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.

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BOUNCE ENERGY BALLS

These delicious balls of superfoods are new on the shelves at Trader Joe’s (but also available on Amazon) and they may be the best protein bars we’ve ever had. First of all, they’re the perfect size for a protein bar. Each ball is hand rolled into the size of a chunky golf ball and it’s the perfect amount of food to eat before a grueling workout or a run where you want some energy, but don’t want anything heavy sloshing around your tummy. Prior to this, we’ve had to resort to eating half a Quest bar, leaving the other half to go stale, which is such a waste when those things are more than $2 bucks a pop. Even though they’re small, they are packed with nutrition. The Peanut Cacao Blast flavor is packed with 14 grams of protein and tastes like a peanut butter ball or candied Buckeye and only 160 calories a serving. The perfect breakfast or afternoon snack as well. Other flavors offered are Coconut Macadamia (also YUM!), Super berry Vitality Burst, Apple Cinnamon and Cacao Mint.

Get it: Trader Joe’s or Amazon