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10 Quick, Healthy, And Tasty Snacks For Gymnasts

When training up to 40 hours a week, it seems almost impossible to keep up with the proper nutrition your body needs to do all those CRAZY flips. Whether you're rushing out the door to get to practice on time, looking for something light in the middle of workouts, or too tired to make something after a long night at the gym, there are SO many quick and healthy options that I am about to share with you.

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10. Greek Yogurt Parfait


This sweet treat makes a great breakfast and pre-workout snack. There is so much room for variety when it comes to parfaits because you can choose what to add to the greek yogurt! Different berries, granola or nuts are just a few of the endless additions to this great snack.

9. Frozen Grapes


This basic fruit makes a great snack for a break during a long day of practice. While spending long hours in a hot gym, it's so easy to reach into the gym freezer and grab some refreshing frozen grapes to refuel and stay energized for the rest of practice!

8. Rice Cakes with Almond Butter


Rice cakes are super easy and tasty especially when you spread almond butter, or some all natural, crunchy peanut butter. To add even more flavor, you can sprinkle some cinnamon or add fresh fruit.

7. Coconut Water


The benefits of coconut water are endless, but because of how rich in electrolytes and other nutrients, it is perfect for athletes to drink during practices especially if they aren't feeling up to eating. It can be compared to other energy drinks, but healthier and natural. A great way to keep your body hydrated.

6. Protein Peanut Butter Energy Balls


These little balls of energy are quick, easy and delicious! Just mix together 1 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed, 1/3 cup of honey, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and an optional 1/2 a cup of raisins or chocolate chips. Roll them up in balls, pop them in the fridge and you are good to go!

5. Fruit and Skinny Nutella


A personal favorite, because who doesn't like fresh fruit and some chocolate? This mouth watering treat can be eaten for breakfast, or a quick snack before heading to practice. It's light enough to eat during practice but try and find or make your own organic/skinny nutella for an even healthier option!

4. Raspberry Kale Green Smoothie


This green drink may not look appetizing, but I promise it's color does NOT correspond with its taste. After blending 2 fresh handfuls of kale, 1 ripe (and frozen) banana, 1 orange, 1 apple, 1 cup of almond milk, ice and 1/2 cup of raspberries (and saving a few for on top of course), voila! This drink is rich in important nutrients and antioxidants, which makes it perfect for refueling after a hard workout!

3. Halo Top Ice Cream


Ice cream as a "healthy" snack you might ask? The answer is YES. This low calorie and relatively new product has been receiving very high ratings for their delicious variety of flavors. This all natural treat is perfect for a reward after practice, without worrying about putting junk food in your body after working out.

2. Peanut Butter and Banana Chia Seed Toast


To put a new twist on your typical Monday morning toast before a long morning practice, add some protein on top! Plain wheat toast can be boring, so spice it up a little bit by spreading on some all natural peanut butter and bananas for some extra fiber! Sprinkle some nutritious chia seeds on top and breakfast is served!

1. Protein Pancakes


What could possibly be better than healthy pancakes??? Beats me. Turn a typical breakfast into a protein filled one by making these pancakes rather than using a box mix. Mix eggs, a banana, protein powder and baking powder and after a few flips your pancakes are ready to eat! For extra flavor, you can add fruit, like bananas or blueberries, or use peanut butter rather than the sugary syrup. This would work perfectly for a late night snack after practice with lots of protein to repair muscle tissue!

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