Published November 10, 2015

5 Fitness Trainers Share Their Favorite Sweet Snack Recipes


With rock hard quads and abs of steel it may be hard to believe, but even fitness fanatics battle the dreaded sweet tooth... our instructors included!

Below our FHITpros divulge their favorite recipes and snacks that satiate their sugar cravings without breaking the nutritional bank. After your next FHIX reward yourself (and your muscles) with one of these protein packed treats!

Although Ben’s tastebuds are keen on baked goods, he knows that to stay FHIT he has to keep indulgences like cookies and brownies to a minimum. Instead when he’s in the mood for something sweet, he opts for un-baked goods like these apple oatmeal cookies. These mini treats are quick to make and relatively guilt free with a few simple substitutions. Ben also recommends freezing a batch to keep on hand as an easy dessert FHIX!

Ben’s No Bake Apple Oatmeal Cookies
0.25 cup butter or coconut oil
0.5 cup sugar or honey
0.25 teaspoon salt
0.5 teaspoon cinnamon
0.5 cup peeled and grated apples (preferably granny smith)
1.5 cup quick cooking oats or quinoa flakes (recommended for a protein punch!)

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Mix in sugar, salt, cinnamon, and apples.  Allow to boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat.  Add in oatmeal or quinoa flakes.  Stir well.  Using a tablespoon, drop onto wax paper or nonstick pan.  Allow to harden and cool for 30 minutes.

Every once and awhile El Capitán allows himself a “lazy” Sunday- which is currently allotted to hill repeats in Central Park or a long bike ride up to Nyack for his NYC Triathalon endurance training. His favorite way to start off his day of leisure is with these no-grain, no nonsense “Nana-cakes”.

Eric’s (Ba)Nana-cakes
2 large eggs or 4 egg whites (for additional protein)
1 very ripe banana (mashed)
Optional: a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix ingredients in a bowl. Use small amount of EVO or coconut oil to coat pan on low to medium heat. Scoop batter into pan, approx 30 sec then flip to other side.

Andy believes energy snacks need to be efficient as well as delicious.  Since he was a kid, he has been eating triple decker peanut butter and honey sandwiches.  Not for the faint of heart or stomach, these babies pack a wallop.  Made with 3 pieces of whole wheat bread, extra crunchy peanut butter, and local honey they give you enough energy to last you through bell-to-bell ski day or a marathon weekend of studying.  By going triple decker style, you increase your ratio of PB:bread from 2:2 to 4:3 (insert math-lete joke here).

Andy's Triple Decker PB&H:
3 pieces of whole weat bread
lots of crunchy PB
Squeezy honey
fruits optional*

For extra energy, add in your favorite fruits such as bananas, dried cranberries, or blueberries.  Keep in mind that these sandies tend to experience the "ziplock effect" in that they get 2-3 times tastier after sitting in your backpack for hours in a plastic bag.

Between fitness model casting calls and sweating it out at The Fhitting Room, Amanda’s busy schedule doesn't allow for much preparation. She likes to keep her snacks simple by slicing up a Granny Smith apple and spreading on her favorite post workout food: Smart Balance All Natural Chunky Peanut Butter. This nutty tart combination will make your taste buds POP.

Daury’s “Hot mama” knows how important a healthy breakfast is for her hard working hubby. Instead of letting him run out of the house on an empty stomach, she prepares a simple snack-combo that is easy for him to enjoy on the go.

Daury's on-the-go protein snack combo:
-Chocolate Isoflex protein shaken with low fat milk
-Plain greek yogurt
-Ziplock baggie full of of raw almonds