By Lauren Ruby, Savorfull Intern, Vanderbilt University 

It’s no secret that in order to have a healthy body, you need to eat well and exercise often. As a man, you may have the urge to use promising, highly marketed workout products to get that 6-pack you desire. However, these types of products often contain artificial ingredients that will only slow you down. It’s possible to still get the fuel you need and obtain optimal energy from real food based energy snacks. Yes, it is important to consume carbs and proteins pre- and post- workout but you do not need to rely on artificial products to do so. To learn more about specific protein needs and choices, read Stacy Goldberg’s Should You Be Taking A Protein Powder Supplement?. Rather than choosing protein powder, you can get everything you need from all-natural, free-from snacks. This is easier than it sounds and is better for your health in the long-run.

Now, where do you even begin? How do you know what to choose? You don’t have time to worry about this; you just need a quick snack between work and the gym. Don’t worry, Savorfull has got you covered with our Father’s Day gift to you: the best pre- and post- workout, Savorfull-approved snacks.

 

Savorfull-Approved Healthy Pre-Workout Snacks

Mint Chocolate Chip RX Bar

We know how you love your protein bars so here is a refreshing, mint chocolate chip protein bar packed with protein and antioxidants to fuel you up for your workout. The protein in this bar comes from egg whites, which are cholesterol-free and easily absorbed by the body so you’re not weighed down by anything other than the weight you’re lifting. Adding to the pre-workout fuel, RX bars contain dates, which give you the carbs you need to burn when you’re running on that treadmill.

FREE-FROM: CASEIN, COCONUT, CORN, DAIRY, GLUTEN, PEANUT, SHELLFISH, SOY, WHEAT

 

Banana Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps

Bananas contain potassium, known to assist in preventing cramps during exercise, because no one wants to get stuck in mile 25 of a marathon due to a sneaky leg cramp. Did you know bananas are also filled with simple carbs and sugars helping with optimal nerve and muscle function? Instead of making a mess while you attempt to peel a banana (probably with one hand while speeding to avoid rush-hour traffic), try these deliciously natural dried fruit crisps for an easy, delicious snack.

FREE-FROM: CASEIN, CORN, DAIRY, EGG, GLUTEN, PEANUT, PEANUT FREE FACILITY, SHELLFISH, SOY, TREE NUT, WHEAT

 

 

NuttZo Power Fuel Squeeze Pack 7 Nut & Seed Butter

Try going back to the basics with a PB&J sandwich on whole grain bread. Our advice: swap out your normal, boring peanut butter for this awesome superfood blend. Crafting this delicious sandwich will give you the protein and carbs you need to push yourself even harder during your workout because nuts are a great source of energy and heart-healthy fats. The simple carbs will give you fast energy and the protein will keep you full but not weigh you down. Plus, the sodium is great for your training since you will likely sweat – a lot.

FREE-FROM: CASEIN, COCONUT, CORN, DAIRY, EGG, GLUTEN, PEANUT, SHELLFISH, SOY, WHEAT

 

 

 

Savorfull-Approved Healthy Post-Workout Snacks

Organic Living Superfoods Raw Sprouted Blueberry Boabab Crunch

After exercise, it is crucial to refuel your body so you are prepared to take on the rest of your day. This delicious snack is loaded with cashews, nuts, and blueberries to provide a delicious snack filled with natural proteins and carbs. The blueberries contain antioxidants and carbs to help reduce inflammation and muscle soreness – especially helpful for after leg day.

FREE-FROM: CASEIN, COCONUT, CORN, DAIRY, EGG, GLUTEN, PEANUT, SHELLFISH, SOY, WHEAT

 

Power Germack Fit Mix

This is the perfect snack for guys on-the-go because it comes in a resealable bag to keep on your desk or in your car for when you need a little extra energy. Containing nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, this trail mix is specifically designed to deliver power to your mind and body, exactly you need after hitting the gym. After a few handfuls, you will feel more energized and ready for whatever is next.

FREE-FROM: CASEIN, COCONUT, CORN, DAIRY, EGG, GLUTEN, SHELLFISH, SOY, WHEAT

 

 

Chocolate REDD Superfood Energy Bar

After a workout, your body is recovering and lacking essential nutrients. To help replenish glycogen stores and deliver protein to sore muscles, consume lots of protein for optimal repair and recovery. Luckily, this delicious plant-based energy bar has 10 grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals to do just that. Combine with another high protein snack, like scrambled eggs, to give your muscles the treatment they deserve after a tough workout.

FREE-FROM: CASEIN, COCONUT, CORN, EGG, GLUTEN, PEANUT, SHELLFISH, SOY, WHEAT, SESAME

 

 

No matter what you’re training for, whether it be a marathon, keeping up with your kids, or simply overall health, artificial sport snacks will only hold you and your health back. You need deliciously natural foods to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs, even if you’re on the go. Treat yourself this Father’s Day with Savorfull-approved, free-from workout snacks because a healthy dad bod is a happy dad bod.

 

 

Lauren Ruby is a current intern with Savorfull and is excited to be pursuing her passions for writing and for health and nutrition. Lauren attends Vanderbilt University, where she is majoring in Medicine, Health, & Society and Spanish.