Everyone knows that diet and exercise go hand-in-hand. Without the right nutrition, all the time you spend working out is flushed down the drain. This is why it’s important to plan your meals — including your workout snacks. Medical News Today points out that we deplete our stored up glucose during exercise, which is why it’s important to get the right nutrition immediately afterwards. Doing so revives our energy levels, helps repair muscles and lessens exhaustion.
For vegans, this might be a little tricky, as food must be well-planned to avoid any nutrient deficiencies, especially when it comes to protein. For most people, having no diet limitations means that they can consume whatever they need without having to read the label — but, vegans need to get a little creative in the kitchen for our muscle-building snacks. With that in mind, we’ve prepared a list of easy vegan workout snacks to help nourish you after a sweat sesh.
Love something crunchy after your workout? You’ll love roasted chickpeas. Chickpeas are nutrient-dense — full of protein, carbohydrates, and fibre, but are low in calories. Very Well Fit notes that chickpeas also have a wide array of potential health benefits, like keeping your heart in check and regulating your blood sugar levels. What’s more, roasted chickpeas could be the perfect snack as research has shown that chickpeas make you feel full easily — helping you cut back on your calorie consumption.
To prepare roasted chickpeas, drain and rinse one can of chickpeas. After drying them, coat them in olive oil, pepper, salt, and garlic powder and toss until every pea is fully coated. Spread your seasoned chickpeas on a parchment-lined sheet and leave in the oven for 18 minutes at 230 degrees Celsius. The result is a savoury, crunchy, and crispy snack that you can easily bring with you to the gym in a resealable bag. Feel free to be a little adventurous, by sprinkling the garlic powder for any seasoning of your choice.
Chia seed pudding
When soaked in water, chia seeds naturally develop a gooey and gelatinous texture — perfect for traditionally non-vegan dishes like pudding. Other than being utterly delicious, chia seed pudding is easy to make, and its high-fat content is naturally anti-inflammatory, helping you recover faster after your workout. Indeed, Pretty Me’s article on these small but powerful seeds highlights how they’re rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, and protein. All of these are great in helping you repair muscle tears after a workout.
Eating Well’s chia seed pudding recipe only needs four ingredients: chia seeds, nut milk, your choice of flavouring, and your desired toppings. Following this basic recipe can be fun — the possibilities are endless as you craft your very own chia seed pudding recipe.
For you who happen to have a sweet tooth and miss the indulging decadent cookie taste in your mouth, vegan cookies can be the answer. A recommended snack for a vegan is the one that is not only delicious but also rich with vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
Naanu vegan and gluten-free cookies contain 100% of the daily requirement of Vitamin B12, D, and omega-3 fatty acids and a significant amount of iron, calcium, and zinc. It is a great option not only for vegans who like to exercise but also for your everyday lives as it helps you with nutrient deficiencies. You can consume them as a pre-workout snack for endurance activities or as an alternative to your supplement to meet your daily nutrient needs.
Taking care of your body and health is supreme, make sure your exercise comes with the best beneficial snack that your body needs.
Stay healthy and happy!
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