Some protein bars can be more like candy bars, providing sugar and fillers rather than actual healthy nutrition. While a fast food restaurant may not be the best choice for a quick bite after your workout, these options are good. They provide protein, carbohydrates and, most of all, satisfaction for fewer calories than a Snickers bar.
Best in-hand option
No time to use utensils? A Starbucks latte gives you a dose of protein and carbohydrates to refuel.
Skim Latte (Grande)
19 grams carbohydrates
13 grams of protein
See other options at Starbucks.
Best breakfast option
If you work out in the morning, this wrap will get much-needed protein to your muscles.
Egg White and Cheese Wake-Up Wrap
13 grams carbohydrates
8 grams protein
See other options at Dunkin' Donuts.
Best drive-thru hand held
Men's Health swears by the muscle building power of chocolate milk.
1% Chocolate Low-Fat Milk
31 grams carbohydrates
9 grams protein
See other options at Burger King.
Best high protein option
Even though this isn't under 200 calories it's very close. And it has a commendable amount of protein and slow-acting good carbs in the form of beans.
22 grams carbohydrates
18 grams of protein
See other options at Wendy's.
Best filling sandwich option for early risers
Add some veggie toppings for more vitamins and fiber.
Black Forest Ham, Egg and Cheese English Muffin
18 grams of carbohydrates
15 grams of protein
See other options at Subway.
These post-workout options are great if you are pressed for time and/or unprepared, but the bottom line—especially in this economy is that it is best to prepare your own healthy, portable post-workout snacks and meals. Then you really know what is in your food.
Guest Blogger and Fitness Enthusiast
Cybex is a provider and manufacturer of premium commercial fitness equipment. Content featured in the Cybex Fitness Blog is meant to inspire healthy living and wellness and should not be taken as medical advice. As always, be sure to consult a physician if you are unsure of your individual exercise readiness or have a preexisting medical condition. While these programs offer great benefits, there are many considerations that should be weighed before attempting any type of physical activity.