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FITNESS' 2014 Healthy Food Awards: Post-Workout Foods

  • Lisa Shin

    Power Couple

    While protein helps repair the tiny tears in your muscle tissue that occur every time you exercise, carbs provide the pick-me-up you need to restore your glycogen (aka energy) level afterward, explains Keri Gans, RD. Most bars and yogurts, including our winning picks, deliver enough of both nutrients. But you'll want to pair nut butters and cheese with an apple or a handful of whole-grain crackers, which deliver the 30 grams or so of carbs Gans recommends getting post-workout.

  • Lisa Shin

    Clif Mojo Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt Trail Mix Bar

    Whole almonds, pecans and cashews plus big chunks of chocolate kept one tester's "sweet-and-salty cravings in check for hours after a grueling Spinning class." (200 calories per bar)

  • Lisa Shin

    Simply Balanced Blueberry Greek Yogurt

    Staffers gave this Target brand high marks from top to bottom: "The yogurt is really smooth and velvety, and the fruit underneath tastes like actual fruit, not jam or syrup." (110 calories per container)

  • Lisa Shin

    Once Again Organic Crunchy Almond Butter

    Made with just one ingredient — dry-roasted skin-on almonds — this spread is "good enough to eat straight from the jar" and "has a chunky texture that's supersatisfying after a workout," one tester raved. (190 calories for 2 tablespoons)

  • Lisa Shin

    Larabar ALT Lemon Pound Cake Fruit and Nut Bar

    This snack has staying power thanks to pea protein, dates and almonds, while lemon juice and vanilla extract give it a "sweet-tart, citrusy flavor" that perked testers up without weighing them down. (210 calories per bar)

  • Lisa Shin

    Sargento Natural Blends Sharp Cheddar-Jack Cheese Snack

    Unlike string cheese, which you peel with your fingers, these sticks are meant to be nibbled. "Easier to eat and rich-tasting, not rubbery? Sold!" a staffer said. (80 calories for one)

  • Lisa Shin

    ThinkThin Chocolate Almond Brownie Lean Protein & Fiber Bar

    Imagine a "sinfully fudgy, extra-chewy" brownie with filling fiber and protein, and it's easy to see why Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna are fans. (150 calories per bar)

  • Lisa Shin

    Brown Cow Vanilla Nonfat Strained Greek Yogurt

    Flecks of real vanilla helped this custard-like winner stand out. "I love that this isn't as tart as your typical Greek yogurt," an editor declared, "even though it has less sugar than a lot of fruit-flavored varieties." (110 calories per container)

  • Lisa Shin

    Pure Ancient Grains Triple Berry Nut Bar

    Quinoa, brown rice, and amaranth make this gluten-free bar taste "kind of like a Rice Krispies treat," but one with healthy fats from hemp, flaxseeds, and nuts — and only 8 grams of sugar. (160 calories per bar)

  • Lisa Shin

    What Makes a Winner

    Companies submitted 160 new snacks to FITNESS. Our experts — Anar Allidina, RD, a dietitian in private practice in Toronto; Keri Gans, RD, the author of The Small Change Diet; and Stephanie Middleberg, RD, the founder of Middleberg Nutrition in New York City — helped us determine which ones should move on to the next round. Those finalists were sampled and voted on by FITNESS staffers.

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2014.