If you automatically reach for a bowl of pasta to get your carbs, you’re missing out on an abundance of carb-heavy treats. A cup of pasta offers about 43 grams of carbohydrates, but a few of our favorite post-workout carb refuel snacks offer vitamins and minerals in addition to carbs, to help feed your whole body well.
Bananas and Sunflower Seed Butter
Bananas pack 51 grams of carbs in each medium-sized fruit, and are also loaded with potassium to help prevent muscle cramping. For a quick and satisfying snack, smear a banana with some sunflower seed butter. To tweak this snack for hot weather, slice the bananas, smear each slice with sunflower seed butter, and stick ‘em in the freezer for a few hours before getting your munch on.
Quinoa with Tomatoes and Balsamic
A cup of quinoa will give you 39 grams of carbohydrates, along with 5 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein to help your muscles rebuild. Cook quinoa and mix with grape tomatoes and basil, with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
This tasty little squash offers a healthy dose of Vitamin C and filling fiber in every serving, as well as 15 grams of carbs. For a sweet yet healthy snack, drizzle a little bit of butter over cubed acorn squash and top with cinnamon and nutmeg, then bake at 350 until soft.
Sweet Potato Fries
This tasty tuber has 41 grams of carbs in a one cup serving, and plenty of Vitamin A for eye health. For a delicious snack, slice a sweet potato into fry-like strips, toss with olive oil and bake at medium heat until soft in the center and crispy on the outside. Try dipping them in a spicy mustard sauce for a little extra kick.
Yogurt with Melon
Two yummy, carb-rich foods get even better when you put them together. Yogurt gives you about 18 grams of carbs in each cup, along with probiotics for digestive health. Honeydew melon gives you about 16 grams of carbs per cup, and also offers a ton of Vitamin C. Cube some chilled melon and eat it over plain yogurt for a refreshing snack.