5 HEALTHY HIGH-PROTEIN SNACKS

Perfect post-workout!
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Not a fan of shakes? Good news - there are plenty of other ways to get your post-workout protein fix without them.

Having a healthy dose of protein after your workout - whether it’s a high-intensity spin class, a fat-burning strength session or a super tough barre class - will help those muscles to recover and repair to get you back to yourself in time for your next fitness fix. And if you struggle keeping a big meal down after hitting it hard at the gym, try these snack ideas instead to tide you over.

1 Overnight chia pot

While it may take a little planning ahead, the overnight chia pot is so worth it. Soak one part chia seeds (2 tablespoons is a solid portion size) with two parts your favourite nut milk over night in the fridge, stirring thoroughly first. You can even stir in some cacao or vanilla powder to up the flavour game.

The next morning it will have turned into a thick pudding-like consistency - time to pimp your chia pot! Think crushed or flaked nuts, cinnamon, berries and a dollop of almond butter as the ultimate topping.

2 PrOATien pancakes

The perfect weekend brunch for healthy gym-goers? Pancakes made from oats - loaded with protein, of course. This little healthy hack is super easy - just make up your porridge with added protein powder a little thicker than you normally would, then stir in a whisked egg.

Grease a frying pan with coconut oil and fry American-style. Top with your favourite fruits and a drizzle of honey. You can even store these little beauties and eat them on-the-go.

3 Banana and nut butter

A classic. If preparation and cooking time isn’t something you can consider, you can’t go wrong with a nice and simple banana slathered with nut butter. We’re not exactly reinventing the wheel here, but we are keeping it realistic for you busy bees out there. The only complication? How to choose between almond, cashew or peanut butter...?

4 Greek yoghurt

Greek yoghurt (steer clear of ‘Greek-style yoghurt which is not as protein-rich!) Not only packs a serious protein punch but it’s incredibly versatile too. If quick and easy is your vibe, just add a handful of berries and you’re good to go - why overcomplicate things, right?

Otherwise, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not get fancy in the kitchen and make yourself a protein-rich dip? Keep reading...

5 Protein dips

Carrots and houmous are yummy - match made in heaven, even. But it can get boring, don’t you think? Upgrade your snack game by trying out some new dips.

Greek yoghurt made savoury by stirring through chilli paste, pepper and lemon juice works a treat with celery and cucumber; while houmous made sweet (yes, really!) using cocoa powder or even chocolate protein powder and a drizzle of honey instead of lemon juice and garlic is also delicious on rye bread. You’re welcome!

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