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Leslie Hughes

Eat These Pilates-Approved Snacks

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Getting the proper nutrients before and/or after your Pilates class is key to keeping your body strong and able to come back to Pilates for more.

We have talked about what you should eat before a Pilates class here -- and while it depends on what time of the day you’re attending class, any food you put in needs to be balanced and full of nutrients.

If you are looking for a quick snack to grab before class, something for an after-class refuel, or just wanting something later in the day, here are some of our favorite snacks.

Snacks for Pilates Lovers

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Energy Bars

Photographer: Charisse Kenion | Source: Unsplash

From Wendy Polisi

What you need:

  • 1 cup almonds chopped
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds or sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup chia seeds or flax seeds
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups quinoa puffs or puffed rice cereal
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread almonds, quinoa flakes, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, and chia or flax seeds on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Place honey or maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, coconut oil and sea salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer.
  5. Cook for about 5 minutes or until thickened.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Allow to cool slightly.
  7. Pour sugar mixture over the quinoa flakes and stir in millet puffs and chocolate chips
  8. Stir well and pour into prepared baking dish in an even layer
  9. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the mixture and press down to flatten.
  10. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours. Invert from pan and cut into 16 bars.

Greek Yogurt Power Bowl

Photographer: Niclas Illg | Source: Unsplash

From Nutritious Kitchen

What you need:

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup granola
  • 1 T almonds
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 3-4 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tangerine
  • 1 tsp honey

What to do:

  1. Scoop yogurt into bowl.
  2. Put everything on top and enjoy.

3. Apple Cookies

Sliced apple
Photographer: Nikolai Chernichenko | Source: Unsplash

From Rachel Schultz

What you need:

  • 1 apple
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup almonds, sliced
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips

What to do:

  1. Slice apple into rings and remove core
  2. Spread peanut butter over one side of ring
  3. Top with almonds, walnuts, coconut and chocolate chips

The Takeaway

Making sure you have food in your system for Pilates is key to making the most of your class, and getting the benefits you’re after. There are plenty of options for what to put in your body, but make sure that it is well-balanced, natural, and full of good nutrients.

Want to see what Pilates can do for your body?

Sign up for your first group class at Konnect Pilates today to check out the benefits.

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