The Meal Replacement
The Snack Bar
For a pre-workout snack, or for those times when it's going to be a while before your next meal (road trips, long flights, kids' soccer games, etc.), a snack bar is a convenient, shelf-stable option. Here's what to look for:
Fiber: 2g or more
Hyvee Dietitian Expert TipLow fuel stores can weaken the immune system, increase stress, hinder recovery, and increase cortisol levels. For athletes, I emphasize fueling well before training and after training, as well as pre-hydrating and staying hydrated.
The Recovery Bar
After a tough workout, it's important to replenish. Sometimes a protein bar is a convenient way to do just that. Look for a bar that has a carbohydrate to protein ratio of 3:1 or 4:1 within an hour after your workout. That will help replace energy stored in your muscles and enhance muscle growth. Here's about what that should look like:
If you're still overwhelmed by the choices, you can always make your own.
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