No matter what diet or lifestyle you follow, you’ve probably noticed that workout snack options are endless; from protein bars to energy cookies to squeezable gels–the choices are definitely vast. A good thing is that a lot of these snacks are vegan nowadays–and some are even vegan and healthy. But more often than not, a lot of them come with added sugar, often refined, or tons of preservatives and “natural flavors”–they are actually not so natural, but mostly chemical. Indeed, most workout snacks have a long ingredient list with unnecessary additives that don’t really add nutritional value.
Check out my favorite DIY snacks, for pre and post exercise (and hectic work days!), that you can make it big batches in advance. As an added bonus, they’re super easy to transport. Guaranteed nutritious and affordable at the same time.
3 DIY Snacks to Fuel Your Workouts & Your Busy Days
1. Simple granola bar
1 1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup maple or coconut syrup
1/2 cup mixed raw nuts of any sort (almonds, chopped)
1 cup Medjool dates, chopped finely in a food processor (almost paste-like)
2. Chia fruit squeeze
1 small beet
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup strawberries
1 medjool date
4 oz apple juice
2 tbsp chia seeds
Blend all ingredients except for chia seeds. When smooth, add in chia seeds and mix well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and enjoy! You can fill little pouches or reusable containers with the chia squeeze.
3. Date fudge
6 Medjool Dates
6 tsp of peanut or almond butter
Use Medjool dates for this recipe–they are super sweet and fudgy! Just remove pit and stuff with a teaspoon of almond or peanut butter. Can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge in a plastic container.
What are your favorite DIY snacks?
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