has recently posted a very informative article that enlightens us on what to consume before and after sweating it out at the gym, and to our pleasant surprise, our guilty pleasures such as popcorn, chocolate pudding, cottage cheese and chocolate milk are on the list as well! The nutritionists at had divided the list into pre-workout friendly food and post-workout friendly foods, which make it that much more convenient for us to adapt into our busy routines.


  • 1 single serving pack of dried fruit
  • 1 fruit-flavored Greek yogurt (look for one that has 20 grams of sugar or less)
  • Skim latte (12 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 bag of apple chips
  • 1 bag of popcorn
  • Yogurt parfait: 1/4 cup of granola, low-fat vanilla yogurt, 1 cup of berries
  • 2 rice cakes with 1 Tbsp almond butter and 1 tsp honey
  • Oatmeal with apricots
  • Fruit smoothie with fat-free Greek Yogurt and a mixture of your favorite berries or other in-season fruit
  • Hummus and pita chips
  • Apple slices with Maple-Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip


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  • 1 protein bar with 10 or more grams of protein
  • 100 calories worth of pistachios (about 28 nuts) and a piece of fruit
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese with 1 tsp cinnamon and vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 6 oz low-fat Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/2 cup of berries
  • Protein smoothie: 1.5 cups almond or soy milk, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1 banana
  • Supercharged smoothie
  • 1 glass of low-fat chocolate milk
  • 1 hard-boiled egg and a handful of mixed nuts
  • 2 rice cakes with 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese, tomato slices
  • Turkey-Pepper Roll-ups: wrap sliced turkey around a few bell pepper sticks
  • Chocolate protein pudding

For the full article, go to YouBeauty.