Coming home from the gym and making a post-workout snack is truly one of my favorite parts of the day. It feels so nice to have finished your workout for the day, and making a good snack that tastes great but also refuels your body is a win-win. So, today I’m sharing my personal favorite. It is delicious, filling, and the perfect combo of carbs and protein to rebuild muscles and give you a boost of energy. This snack in particular is also so sweet and tasty — it almost feels like a dessert!
I also feel like this is the perfect snack for the fall season, because it involves apples and cinnamon, which are two flavors I always associate with fall. Being from Upstate New York, apple season is a big deal! They are a New York staple because we grow so many, and every September I go apple picking. It’s a beginning-of-fall tradition that I love 🙂 The crisp apple combined with the warm cinnamon flavor is the perfect fall combo. Pumpkin spice who? I only know cinnamon apple. (For the record, I actually also really love pumpkin spice, lol).
So, here is how I make my favorite post-workout snack… I hope you enjoy!
There are two different ways I’ll slice the apple, depending on how I feel. Sometimes I cut them into bite-sized cubes — that’s usually when I’m feeling lazy and want to cut the apple up quickly. Otherwise, I’ll slice the apple into thin slices. Whichever way you choose, lay them out on a plate before the next step. Apples are filled with fiber which keeps you fuller longer, which is great for after a workout. Since they’re a fruit, they are also a carb which gives you energy — again, perfect for after a workout. This helps me maintain that post-workout energy boost!
I then like to take a little peanut butter; you could use almond butter or whatever you prefer. I take somewhere between one and two tablespoons if I had to guess a measurement… It’s not too much but definitely not skimpy either 🙂 I like to melt the peanut butter in the microwave so that it’s warm and melty. This part makes the snack feel much more decadent, which I like. Once the peanut butter is melted, I drizzle that all over the apple slices that are laid out on the plate. I like to have peanut butter after a workout because it has some plant-based protein, which is good to have after you’ve done any kind of weight training. This will rebuild and repair your muscles after working them.
Lastly, I like to take a bit of cinnamon and sprinkle it right on top. This adds a nice twist to the flavor, amping up your usual apple/peanut butter combo. Not only is it a great flavor, but it has plenty of health benefits. You’ll often see cinnamon in detox recipes, it helps lower blood sugar levels, and also can help lower the risk of heart disease — sign me up!
I also sometimes make this snack when I haven’t worked out but I just happen to be craving it. During those times, I will sometimes add a little granola and/or dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs (whichever I have on hand). These are just tasty additions that you can combine with the other flavors, but they definitely don’t add to the health benefits of the snack, lol.
What is your favorite post-workout snack?