Vegetarian Snacks: Pre- and Post-Workout

Finding variety on a vegetarian diet is difficult but doable. STACK Expert Katie Davis shows you how with lists of pre- and post-workout snacks.

Vegetarian Snacks

Finding variety in pre- and post-workout snacks can be difficult for vegetarian athletes. However, to provide your body with a full range of nutrients, it's important to have a rotation with meals. This is especially crucial for vegan athletes. (See 4 Tips You Should Follow Before Becoming a Vegetarian.)

Below is a short list of vegetarian snacks that will meet your body's needs for carbohydrate and protein without including animal meat. Note: There are several types of vegetarian, and not all of these snacks are appropriate for every type.

Portion Guideline

  • 1 cup = baseball
  • 2 tbsp. = golf ball

(Want more sports-inspired portion control? Check out: Learn Portion Control)

Pre-Workout Vegetarian Snacks

  • Trail mix with dried fruit and lightly salted nuts (1/4 baseball of each)
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread with 1/2 golf ball of nut butter and 1/2 golf ball of jelly/jam
  • 1 banana + 1 golf ball of nut butter
  • 1 baseball of pretzels + 1/4 baseball of nuts
  • Nature Valley Granola Bar + one piece of fresh fruit (baseball size)
  • CD-sized piece of whole wheat pita + one baseball of baby carrots dipped in 1/4 baseball of hummus

Post-Workout Vegetarian Snacks

  • 2 baseballs of low-fat chocolate soy milk
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread with 1 golf ball of nut butter and 1/2 golf ball of jelly/jam + 1 baseball of low-fat soy milk
  • 1 baseball of quinoa with cinnamon and 1 baseball-sized apple, chopped
  • 1 container soy yogurt + 1/2 baseball of granola + 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 1 banana + golf ball of nut butter on top of one whole wheat English muffin
  • 1/2 baseball of low-fat cottage cheese + nuts and dried fruit (1/2 baseball of each)
  • 1 baked potato + 1/4 baseball of shredded dairy/soy cheese + 1 baseball of low fat soy milk + 1/2 baseball of applesauce

Photo Credit: Getty Images // Thinkstock