Hey, friends! I am so excited to be hanging out in Sarah’s corner of the web today! If you’re not familiar with me or my blog, I am Kaila from the Healthy Helper. I write about fun fitness, the tasty (but healthy!) creations I cook up in my kitchen, and daily tips to work towards self acceptance and body love. I was recently certified as a NASM Personal Trainer and am currently pursuing my Fitness Nutrition Coach certification through NESTA. Needless to say, I am pretty passionate about health and wellness!
I’ve always loved creating workout to share on my blog and a few years back I started a posting series called “Sweat then Snack“. It’s exactly what it sounds like! I share a workout I’ve recently created and then follow it up with a healthy (usually protein filled!) snack that you can make to refuel afterwards.
I figured I’d share a little Sweat then Snack action with you all today because I think it will give you some insight into what type of fitness I enjoy and also peek inside my kitchen.
So first off, let’s get our heart rates up and our blood pumping!
Here’s an awesome HIIT workout that I love to take to the gym with me. It’s perfect for when you’re short on time and want to fit in a quality workout. HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is one of my favorite forms of exercise because it works your cardiovascular system and your muscles at the same time. It’s full of dynamic movement and truly works the whole body.
Pheeeeeew! Did you make it through?
And now to nourish those muscles with a healthy snack. My favorite part of course! (Does anyone else push through that last little bit of their workout by thinking about the awesome snack that’s waiting for them afterwards?)
It’s so key to eat a good source of protein and carbohydrates post-workout to refill your glycogen stores and feed muscle growth/repair. I’m a big fan of baking with protein powder so I thought I’d share one of my favorite ‘protein treat’ recipes.
It’s funny because this recipe is actually NO BAKE…but that just makes it easier to assemble! These Vegan Banana Nut Bars are one of my favorite recipes on my entire blog and I am so happy to be sharing them with you all today.
No Bake Banana Nut Bars
- 1/2 cup mashed banana
- 1 scoop vanilla raw vegan protein powder
- 2 tbsp coconut or almond flour
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
Blend all ingredients, except oats, together in a food processor. Add oats and pulse until the mixture is combined. Place mixture on parchment paper and form into a rectangle. Refrigerate the mixture for at least one hour. Remove mixture from refrigerator and slice into 5 bars. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Sweet, satisfying, and suitable for anyone on a vegan or gluten-free diet!
Let me know if you try either the workout or the recipe! I think you’ll enjoy both. 🙂
Well, that’s all for me today! I hope you’ll think of me during your next post-workout snack. Haha!
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Big thanks to Sarah for letting me guest post! Hope to chat with you all soon.
What’s your go-to workout when you’re short on time?
What’s your favorite post workout snack?
Are you a fan of baking with protein powder?