Go Greek for a Great Post Workout Snack

Popeye can have his spinach. I have the modern day muscle builder that actually tastes great, and one that your body will appreciate! Greek yogurt and fruit! It’s one of the best post run or workout snacks I’ve ever had. It’s packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, potassium, calcium, live and active cultures, probiotics, and depending on the fruit, great anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant goodness. It also has zero fat! Although, that’s if you get the nonfat plain Greek yogurt. There are plenty of flavored Greek yogurts, but they have plenty of sugar. Still, it’s a good alternative if you can’t stomach the plain nonfat Greek yogurt, which is quite bland on its own, and much thicker than the traditional kind. But with fresh or frozen fruit it’s fantastic. I usually use a frozen fruit blend with mangos, raspberries, and blueberries from the greatest store on earth Trader Joe’s. That’s also the only store I know that carries the Greek yogurt.  The trick if you use the frozen fruit is to put it in a bowl of cool water for about a minute or two so it thaws, but stays cool. Then drain the water, add the yogurt, stir, and in a few minutes you have heaven in a bowl! If you’re feeling crazy throw some granola on it and go nuts. Greek yogurt is packed with protein. One cup, which is about 8oz, has 22 grams of protein, o grams of fat, 270mg of potassium, and just 6 grams of sugar. Again, 22 grams of protein. That’s about double regular yogurt, and double the protein of a Cliff or Balance Bar! The fruit will give you all the vitamins and minerals, and if you use berries it will help those sore knees with tendinitis. Especially blueberries and strawberries which are packed with anti-inflammatory phytochemicals and antioxidants. So have your spinach if you must, but after a long run or a brutal trip to the gym, go Greek, your body will thank you.

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