Protein shakes can taste
chalky boring, but when there’s coffee and chocolate involved, we’re big fans. This blogger suggests adding an extra tablespoon of sugar, but we’d suggest skipping it for an even healthier (and easier!) recipe.
9. Fresh Strawberry Parfait With Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese gives this parfait a light and creamy texture and adds a little extra fat, which will keep you feeling satisfied longer.
10. 5-Minute Protein Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Make these DIY no-bake peanut butter balls ahead of time, and you’ll have some healthy treats ready to fuel a week’s worth of sweat sessions. Seem like too much effort? Grab a box of your favorite bars (we love CLIF Bar’s new nut butter-filled ones), cut in thirds, and then roll into balls for smaller bites.
11. Hard-Boiled Egg Avo Toast
Avo toast never fails. When you have a heartier appetite, try this pre-workout version and add a hard-boiled (or fried) egg on top for added protein. There are a lot of ways to get fancy here, but we’re big fans of this classic combo before a morning run.
12. Homemade Apricot and Almond Energy Bars
If you have time on your hands, mix up these DIY energy bars and stash the extras for later. All you’ll need for this no-bake recipe are a food processor and a few ingredients. Short on time? Stock up on some store-bought bars with high-quality ingredients and a 1:1 or 2:1 carbohydrate-to-protein ratio (in other words, look for 10 grams of carbs and 10 or 20 grams of protein), Seebohar says. One of our favorites is RXBAR, which lists the main ingredients right on the front of the wrapper.
13. Peanut Butter and Banana Chia Seed Toast
PB and banana is the perfect on-the-go snack. For a longer workout, spread both on one slice of whole-wheat toast and add a sprinkle of chia seeds to make this recipe even
14. Leftover Meal Prep Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Green Beans
Getting in some fuel for your workout can be as easy as heating up a small portion of leftovers from the night before. Try making an easy meal-prep combo like this chipotle chicken, sweet potato, and green bean dish then setting aside a snack-size amount for an afternoon snack.
15. No-Bake Buckwheat Peanut Butter Energy Bars
These crunchy buckwheat bars are essentially a healthier and protein-filled version of Rice Krispie treats. If made ahead, they’ll last up to two weeks in the fridge or two months in the freezer.