If you have been training or competing hard it's a good idea to make sure that you help your body to recover. What you eat and when can help in this recovery. Ideally you should try to eat a small snack within half an hour of finishing your hard training session or race. We've put together some of our favourite snack ideas for you.
If you have a blender you can make a tasty, healthy smoothie. Add together a handful of berries (fresh or frozen), a teaspoon of honey, a dollop of yoghurt, half a banana** and some ice. Blend together - then add milk (or similar) and blend until it has the consistency that you like. **Top tip: if you use a frozen banana it will make your smoothy extra creamy!
Put some oats in the fridge overnight with some milk (or similar), orange juice and a small handful of dried fruit and nuts. Slice some banana on the top. Sounds crazy, but it's super yummy!
Mash an avocado on to a slice of toast - season with a little salt and pepper. You can add scrambled eggs to turn this into a main meal - serve with a small salad on the side.
Pesto and pasta is a go-to for many athletes - your favourite pasta with a dollop of pesto and some chicken is a simple post - exercise meal that can be ready in minutes!
You can get lots of yummy tinned beans from the supermarket. Look for ones that don't have a lot of salt or sugar added. Mix beans with things like tomatoes, chopped cucumber and avocado. Drizzle with some olive oil and a little lemon juice. Serve on top of toast or rice cakes.
What's your favourite post exercise snack? Email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can share it with the everactiv community!
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