Gluten-Free Post-Workout Snacks

Skinny-Peanut-Butter-Granola-Bites-3Photo courtesy of Jocelyn, Inside BruCrew Life

We don’t need to tell you that working out burns energy – you feel it in your body as you run, squat and lift. And afterwards, it’s a good idea to replenish some of the fuel you just spent by enjoying a tasty and nutritious post-workout snack. This can mean simply popping a small handful of sunflower seeds into your mouth, or smearing peanut butter onto a few apple slices. (Greatist has an entire list of super-easy recipes.) But if you’d like to get a little creative this year and enjoy a gluten-free post-workout snack that feels a bit more substantial, we’ve got some ideas:

Quinoa Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites, Wendy at Fit and Frugal for AncientHarvest.com

A delicious source of plant-based protein, quinoa is a great go-to post-workout snack. We love these chocolate cherry bites for their naturally sweet flavor (they’ve got Medjool dates, dried cherries and dark chocolate – but no refined sugar) and portability.

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites, Inside BruCrew Life (pictured)

Made with ingredients you likely already have on hand, these granola bites are easy to throw together for a sweet post-workout treat. Use gluten-free oats and don’t leave out the sprinkles (the recipe calls them optional, but we think they’re too adorable to skip!)

Avocado Green Tea Power Shake, All Day I Dream About Food

A rich and creamy take on the ever-popular “green juice,” this power shake combines avocado (one of our favorite superfoods) with matcha green tea powder, Greek yogurt, almond milk and vanilla protein powder for a sippable snack with a decadent texture and uniquely lovely flavor.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites, Oh My Veggies

Autumn may be over, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy the sweetly spiced flavor of pumpkin – and these seasonal energy bites are just bursting with it. They also have pumpkin seeds, almond butter and chia seeds for plant-based protein and a satisfyingly hearty texture.

Spicy Roasted Edamame, Busy in Brooklyn

Looking for something savory? These boldly flavored soybeans should do the trick. Coated with Sriracha sauce and wasabi powder, their tasty kick will complement the kick that your workout just gave you.

Quinoa Pizza Bites, Wendy at Fit and Frugal for AncientHarvest.com

A gluten-free take on everyone’s favorite party food, these pizza bites don’t need to be reserved for get-togethers. They can easily be customized to suit what fresh produce you have available (bell peppers, spinach and tomatoes all make wonderful toppings) and the quinoa crust will help you power through the rest of your day.

For even more great gluten-free recipes, be sure to visit the recipes page at AncientHarvest.com – and don’t forget to sign up for our 15-Day Feel Good Challenge to start the new year with joy and delicious, nutritious food.