(Certain) Protein Bars
Protein bars are usually higher in calories, protein-packed to feed tired muscles, and filled with carbs to replace energy stores. However, they can be overly sweetened and heavy in calories. Also, many protein bars contain a laundry list of ingredients and preservatives you don’t need to put into your finely tuned body.
Although convenient, you can get the same energy post-workout from whole foods like a glass of low fat chocolate milk or a turkey sandwich. If you like the grab-and-go nature of protein bars, then choose wisely. Look for those with between 300 to 400 calories and 15-20 grams of protein per bar (like CLIF bars). Also forgo low-carb bars as you actually need those carbs to help replace energy stores lost during your workout.
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