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5 Snacks for Instant Oomph
Exercise isn't the only thing that revs you up. The right foods can also provide a pick-me-up. Aim for a carb-protein snack with about 250 calories, recommends Leslie Bonci, RD, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Some of her favorite choices:A blend of high-fiber cereal, nuts, and dried fruit
"It's got carbs for fuel and protein for a longer-lasting effect, plus lots of fiber and iron."Peanut butter on a banana
"The protein and fat in the peanut butter give you long-lasting energy, while the banana gives you plenty of carbohydrates and the electrolyte potassium."An apple drizzled with honey
"Lots of fiber, plus quick energy from the honey."Popcorn tossed with dried cherries
"It's sweet, salty, crunchy, and chewy, with some fiber to boot."Pretzels or Wheat Thins with a few teaspoons of hummus
"Hummus provides fiber and protein and the pretzels or crackers give you carbs and electrolyte-replacing sodium."
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