Bananas a near-perfect post-workout snack
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In fact, Cholewka considers bananas a near-perfect post-workout snack. They can help replenish the potassium (which is an electrolyte) that you lose when you workout, she explains. The yellow fruit is also a “simple carbohydrate,” according to the dietitian. In other words, a banana’s natural sugars are actually a type of easily digestible carb that helps to give the body a boost of energy. Another plus: bananas contain satiating fiber, to keep you fuller for longer, Cholewka says. “For this reason, they can be a great snack on the go or before a workout,” she notes.
While the dietitian expresses that the fruit makes a great standalone snack, Cholewka’s preferred method of folding bananas into a meal plan is to pair it with foods that are “rich in healthy fats and protein, such as a handful of walnuts, or a spoonful of nut butter” to prolong the feeling of being full, so that you’re not “overeating at meals or over snacking.” You can eat the ingredients separately — banana, then nuts — or throw them all into a blender with berries, oat milk, or avocados for a great smoothie. Or freeze your bananas first, then blend them with a spoonful of nut butter and, if you like chocolate, some cocoa powder, to make “banana whip,” which has the texture of soft-serve ice cream, Cholewka suggests.
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