You know the drill when it comes to the post-run snack. You need your carbs, and you need your protein—what you don't need is to be endlessly bored.
Shake up your typical post-run nutrition with these fun recipes that will rebuild your tired muscles and stop your taste buds right in their tracks.
Key Lime Recovery Bites1 of 11
Who said you can't have your key lime pie and eat it, too? This healthier take on the dessert uses flavored Whey protein to get that key lime taste—and delivers 8 grams of protein with only 200 calories.
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie2 of 11
We'd be remiss if we didn't mention the power of tart cherries as a recovery tool. Packed with antioxidants, this cherry smoothie does you one better by also adding in just a little chocolate milk (another recovery classic!) to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Apple Mug Cake3 of 11
Single-serving mug cakes are where it's at for the solo runner. This cake takes only five minutes to prepare and includes a mix of whole wheat and almond flour combined with Greek yogurt and eggs for protein.
Recovery Accelerator Frozen Pops4 of 11
Need a sweet treat to motivate yourself to push through a long-distance run? Try these recovery pops, which you can make and freeze ahead of time so they're waiting at home for you. Not only do they work in ginger and turmeric to aid inflammation reduction, but their main ingredient is a high-protein ice cream—something we can definitely get excited about.
Superhero Muffins5 of 11
We're usually a fan of any food that has superhero in the name, and these muffins don't disappoint. Packed with whole grain oats, almond flour, eggs, turmeric and two different vegetables, we see why they make you feel so super. Adding in just a touch of pumpkin pie spice also makes them the perfect treat for fall.
Sweet Potato Recovery Cookies6 of 11
In this easy recipe, sweet potato and rolled oats come together to provide the complex carbs while peanut butter helps you hit your protein goals. Did we mention the chocolate chips? We're not mad about it.
Tart Cherry Gummy Candy7 of 11
This new take on tart cherry recovery foods ups the fun by giving you the ultimate excuse to eat gummies! Perfect for on-the-go recovery, you can even keep these wrapped in your runner's belt for immediate access.
Peach Green Tea Smoothie8 of 11
This smoothie will bring you back to life after a brutal run. Not only do peaches give it that tangy, refreshing feel, but subbing green tea for milk means a serious antioxidant boost. Plus, there's plenty of Greek yogurt to keep you full.
Anti-Inflammatory Coconut Turmeric Bites9 of 11
If you struggle with post-run inflammation, make sure to chow down on these bites. Consisting mostly of various coconut products and turmeric, they're a great way to add some extra anti-inflammatory power to your recovery. Just make sure to supplement with a heavier snack.
Apple Pie Vegan Protein Granola Cups10 of 11
If you're trying to cut animal products out of your diet, look no further than these healthy and simple granola cups. Made with a mix of vanilla protein powder, nuts, oats and apples, they have all the flavors of fall.