Instructor Kristin Kenney frequently wraps up her intense sessions at Revolve, an indoor cycling studio with locations in New York City and Washington, D.C., with this advice: “OK, class is over—go make sure you eat to recover.” And then she’s met with a line of puzzled students, wondering what exactly they should choose for their post-exercise nosh. “It’s really funny—but it’s such a common question,” she says.
If you’re part of the confused post-exercising masses, we’ve got you covered. Here, Kenney and Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, a sports nutrition expert in Washington, D.C., dish up their favorite power foods. Whether you eat before or after your workout, you should aim for up to 45 grams of carbs to provide energy, and 6 to 15 grams of protein to build muscle.
Here are the 20 best workout snacks to keep you fueled and energized.
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