20 Delicious Post Climb Snacks
When it comes to nutrition for climbers, your post climb snack is just as important as what you eat before you climb. Focus on fresh ingredients rich in protein, healthy fats, and low-glycemic carbs.These 20 quick snacks are easy to prepare and, most importantly, delicious!
- Apple Chips - crunchy, naturally sweet, and high in potassium for heart health.
- Chocolate CoveredStrawberries - indulge with dark chocolate 70% cacao or higher for an iron and fiber boost.
- Apple and Peanut Butter - a classic! High in protein and fat and oh so delicious.
- Greek Yogurt and Mashed Berries - use plain yogurt, 2% or full fat for the rich proteins. Add a little honey or maple syrup if you have a sweet tooth.
- Banana Blueberry Smoothie - blend 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 1 ripe banana, 1/2 cup yogurt, and 1 TBSP flax seeds. Yum!
- Turkey Bacon Wrap - spread 1 TBSP cream cheese or hummus on a small whole wheat tortilla. Add two pieces of cooked turkey bacon, shredded raw carrot, and your favorite hot sauce. Wrap up and enjoy!
- Ants-on-a-Log - crunchy and fresh celery, sweet and juicy raisins, creamy and protein rich peanut butter. Not just for kids.
- Carrots and Hummus - hummus is high in protein and iron making it an ideal post workout snack.
- Chocolate Granola - mix 2 TBSP maple syrup with the zest of 1 orange and 1 TBSP cocoa. Toss with 1 cup quick-cook oats and 1/4 cup almonds. Bake on a parchment lined cookie tray for 20 minutes. 1/4 cup of this is plenty for a post workout snack.
- Berry Tofu Smoothie - 1 cup frozen berries, 1/4 cup tofu, 1/2 cup orange juice, 2 TBSP chia seeds, 1 TBSP maple syrup or honey. Packed with protein and delicious.
- Stuffed Dates - three dates stuffed with cubes of cheddar cheese or walnuts make a delicious carb boosted, sticky snack.
- Hard-boiled Eggs - dip these in your favorite hot sauce for a spicy brain boosting kick.
- Cucumber Turkey Roll Ups - use a potato peeler to peel long, thin strips of cucumber. Slice up low-sodium turkey deli slices in long strips. Roll the two together in a pin wheel. Dip in hummus for even more protein.
- Roasted Chickpeas - toss drained, rinsed, canned chickpeas in a drizzle of oil and your spices of choice. (Garlic powder, paprika, and cumin make a great mix.) Bake on a parchment lined cookie tray at 400 for 20-30 minutes depending on desired crunchiness. An amazing iron rich treat.
- Pear and Almond Butter - a sweet, creamy pear goes perfectly with rich almond butter. Comparable to peanut butter in many ways, almond butter has a nuttier flavor and higher levels of calcium and fiber.
- Mashed Avocado on Toast - mash avocado with a pinch of salt and some lemon or lime juice. Make sure to pair with a whole grain bread high in fiber.
- Sweet Potato Chips and Dip - these crunchy, savory chips are an excellent source of low-glycemic carbs. Dip in hummus or plain greek yogurt mixed with hot sauce.
- Turkey and Cottage Cheese - go for 2% fat or higher cottage cheese for a healthy calorie boost. Add chopped, low-sodium deli turkey. For a hot and cold mix, quickly pan fry the chopped turkey in a non-stick pan.
- Frozen Yogurt - did you know you can freeze any yogurt? It's true and it's delicious! Pick your favorite flavor, stab through the lid with a popsicle stick, and freeze for 3 hours or more. Peel off the lid and run the yogurt tub under hot water for a few second to release your frozen yogurt popsicle.
- Tuna and Cucumber - drain a can of tuna in water, mix with your favorite hot sauce and some lemon pepper, use thick cucumber slices as a scoop to eat. Enjoy!