Post-workout snacks when it’s too hot to eat

I don’t know about you, but running and working out in the summer heat really does a number on my appetite. Just give me a glass of ice water, please. Maybe I’ll be hungry after I sit in front of the A/C for an hour or two. But fitness and nutrition professionals (which, disclaimer, I am not) say you should ideally eat something within 30 minutes of working out; both carbohydrates and protein, with the ideal ratio depending on the activity.

Sometimes I just don’t eat anything within the ideal timeframe. But usually I put together something that is 1) quick to make and eat and 2) cold, or at least not hot. These are the foods I can usually convince myself to eat post-workout when I’m thinking “ugh, I’m too hot to eat”.

Yogurt and frozen berries

Protein. Carbs. Cold. 30-second assembly. This one hits my requirements and the ideal post-workout snack requirements.

Graham cracker with peanut butter

This is what I usually go for if I need to eat before a morning run, because it’s a safe bet for not bothering my stomach. It’s equally good post-run.


Often all that sounds good to me after a hot workout is something salty. I usually find a more substantial snack, too, once the pickles sate the salt craving.

Fermented garlic pickles {how to pickle everything}

The simplest smoothie possible

When you really don’t feel like you can eat anything: post-workout drink to the rescue. My version is frozen banana + peanut butter + almond milk. Add protein powder and/or ice if you’re more ambitious.


The old standby, right? They are arguably the most portable snack ever, and you can find pretty much any flavor and nutritional profile you want. One option I’ve been sampling recently is MacroBars. (I was gifted a box of MacroBars to try and review; all opinions are my own.) If you’ve got dietary restrictions, they are certified vegan, gluten-free, and kosher, and are also soy-free.

The MacroBar flavors I’ve tried are true to their descriptions, with no funky aftertaste. My favorite so far is the “morning harvest” with apples and walnuts. These bars have simple ingredients like rolled oats, nuts, and fruits, yet most have a texture reminiscent of traditional protein bars. In fact, that’s my only complaint; some of the high-protein bars are a bit too chewy for my taste. If you want to try GoMacro bars, you can use code macro30 for a discount.

Too hot to eat after a summer run? Try these post-workout snacks



Does the heat take away your appetite?

What’s your go-to post-run/workout snack when it’s hot?

Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday & Friday Five Coaches’ Corner


9 Comment

  1. Farrah says: Reply

    I’m not the biggest fan of pickles, but yogurt + frozen berries?! Best thing ever on a hot day (except maybe other than ice cream… :D..)

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Hmm…ice cream and frozen berries maybe?

      1. Farrah says: Reply

        That is a winning combo! <3

  2. Cora says: Reply

    Oh man now I am seriously craving graham crackers and peanut butter. That’s such a good idea. My appetite also gets super thrown off when its hot.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Yesss, they are so good!

  3. These all look delish! I am all about smoothies with frozen fruit when it’s hot!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply


  4. I too prefer yogurt after workout. It makes me feel energatic. This list is marvelous.

    1. Hannah says: Reply


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