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Monday, July 20, 2015

Post Workout Protein Treats

I received products to try out for myself. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are my own.

You worked hard. You pushed yourself out of your comfort zone in your workout. Don't you deserve a treat? Well, yes you do. No, I am not talking about a McDonald's Big Mac. That is not real food.

But, you certainly deserve and in fact, you NEED a treat after your workout. Your muscles need a certain amount of readily available carbs and complete protein. Check out my post What To Eat After a Workout to learn more about this.

I have a few more ideas on what you can indulge in after your workout. If you just pushed yourself really hard, I have good news for you. You are burning more calories in your after-burn, so if you are going to indulge a bit, now is the time to do so! The two products below are not only delicious treats, but they are also full of good carbs and protein - perfect for helping your muscles recover!

Halo Top Creamery  is a favorite of mine because of it's 100% natural, preservative-free, lite ice cream. All of their flavors are delicious - Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Lemon Cake, plus their new flavors of Mint Chip, Chocolate Mocha Chip and Birthday Cake.

Only 60-80 calories per serving, each flavor is made completely free of artificial sweeteners, synthetic growth hormones and cheap corn syrup. They also contain 7 grams of protein (hello, protein shakes) and 4 grams of fiber, sugar and net carbs! HaloTop is also completely free of GMO’s, gluten, and trans fat.

Here is the best part: if you want to eat the whole pint, you can!! Guess what? The whole pint is anywhere from only 240-280 calories. Yay! My favorites are the Lemon Cake, Mint Chip and Birthday Cake. Seriously the cake ones taste like actual cake batter, and the mint chip is so refreshing. You will be licking your spoon to get every last drop!

If you want a post-workout treat with a boost of healthy probiotics, look no further than Lifeway Protein Kefir. It is my new favorite Lifeway product! With 20 grams of protein and 20 grams of carbs per serving, the new Lifeway Protein Kefir is a tasty, probiotic way to promote muscle recovery after your sweat sessions!

I love that the probiotic-plus-protein-plus-kefir carbs punch gives you all that you need to get stronger AND extra immune boosting benefits from the 12 live and active probiotic cultures. You just cannot hardly go wrong with these!

Each bottle is worth two servings, and they are super easy to grab and drink within 30-45 minutes of your workout. Now, if these were certified organic and from grass-fed cow milk, I would be drinking them every day!

Check out more ideas on what to eat before or after a workout. Get out and work those muscles!


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