Charlotte Grainger

By Charlotte Grainger

5 vegan post-workout snacks you will love

Nutrition and training go hand-in-hand. If you want to push your body to its limits, you’re going to need to give it the right fuel. Thankfully, if you happen to be vegan, doing so is much easier than you might think. There are lots of protein-packed recipes that you can make after you’ve hit the gym. With that in mind, let’s take a look at just five vegan post-workout snacks and how you can make them for yourself at home.

vegan blueberry protein smoothie

1. Blueberry Smoothie

Feeling thirsty after your gym session? Gulping down a vegan superfood smoothie could be the answer. This blueberry is packed with both vitamins and protein to give you a real boost after you’ve exercised. What’s more, the extra addition of the vegan protein powder adds a sweet, tasty flavour to the beverage. Delicious.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Put the frozen blueberries, oat milk and the OMG! No Whey powder into a blender. Blast the drink for around 10-20 seconds.
  2. Serve in a tall glass over ice for a refreshing and wholesome vegan post-workout snack.

Spicy avocado

2. Spicy Avocado on Toast

Searching for that perfect vegan post-workout snack? You might have found it. A 150g portion of avocado contains 15% of your recommended daily potassium intake, according to nutritional data. Since this mineral helps to balance your electrolytes after a workout, it could be essential to your recovery. Here’s a quick recipe to get you started.  

Ingredients:

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder
  • Handful spinach
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Slice of brown bread

Directions:

  1. Make sure that the avocado is ripe and soft before you start. Cut the fruit in half and remove the stone. Scoop out half of the flesh and put it in a bowl.
  2. Add the olive oil, chilli flakes, cayenne powder and sea salt. Use a fork to mash the ingredients into the avocado flesh.
  3. Toast the bread. Spread the spicy avocado mixture onto the toast and add the spinach.

Banoffee vegan smoothie

3. Banoffee Smoothie

Do you have something of a sweet tooth? This next vegan post-workout snack tastes as tempting as your favourite dessert and could help your recovery. Plus, as a bonus, bananas are packed with that much-needed potassium. You get as much as 10% of your recommended daily amount from 100g, according to nutritional data.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana

Directions:

  1. Peel and chop the banana into slices.
  2. Add the almond milk, banana and vegan protein powder to a blender. Blast the mixture for 20 seconds or until it’s completely smooth.
  3. Serve in a tall glass over ice and enjoy this sweet yet refreshing drink.

almond butter protein balls

4. Almond Butter Protein Balls

After you’ve worked hard at the gym, you need a protein fix to see you through. When you’re on the go, having something quick and easy-to-transport is a must. Why not make your own almond butter protein balls at home? These vegan post-workout snacks are strikingly straightforward to make and are an ideal way to fuel up after any session.

Ingredients:

  • 150g organic almond butter
  • 40ml agave syrup
  • 80g rolled oats
  • 25g shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Put the almond butter, agave syrup and vanilla extract in a pan and heat on medium.  Stir the mixture to combine.
  2. Take the pan off the heat. Add the oats and mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture into 10 portions and roll into balls.
  4. Sprinkle the shredded coconut on each protein ball and roll to cover it.
  5. Pop the vegan protein balls in the fridge and consume within five days.

Healthy almond butter apple snack

5. Apple Slices and Peanut Butter

Some of the greatest vegan post-workout snacks also happen to be the simplest. With this quick (and ridiculously easy!) treat, you get a surge of protein from the nut butter and vitamins from the fruit. What more could you ask for? It might just be the ideal go-to snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole green apple
  • 70g organic peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Wash, core and cut the green apple into slices.
  2. Scoop the peanut butter into a bowl. Optional: Heat in the microwave for two seconds.
  3. Use the apple slices as dippers for the peanut butter for a sweet and savoury treat.

Conclusion

Have we inspired you to make your own vegan post-workout snacks? Remember, you can be as creative as you fancy here. If there are any ingredients that you’re not keen on, feel free to swap them for a similar alternative. For example, you could use strawberries, rather than blueberries or peanut butter rather than almond butter. It’s up to you to make treats and snacks that will give you just what you need when you’re training. Good luck!

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