Three Healthy Snacks You Can Make After Practice

After a long day of school and practice, there’s nothing better than coming home to a tasty snack. Workouts and team practices can help you work up an appetite, so it’s important to replenish your body with protein to stay energized. The protein found in lean cuts of pork supplies you with all of the necessary building blocks, otherwise known as amino acids, to help repair damaged muscle proteins and rebuild new ones. Hydrating and replenishing lost energy with a healthy, protein-packed snack will help keep your energy levels up to finish homework and chores and spend time with family. These three protein-packed snacks are great for satisfying your hunger, but the best part might be they take only 10 minutes to make!

Cobb Salad Ham Roll-Ups

Looking for a quick and easy recipe that takes little to no time to prepare? Packed full of protein and nutritious vegetables, these cobb salad ham roll-ups are the perfect after-practice snack to keep you full until dinner. You can even make ahead of time so they’re ready to eat right when you get home.


12 slices ham (thinly sliced)

2 slices bacon (crisp-cooked, drained, crumbled)

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Dijon style mustard

2 eggs (hard-cooked, chopped)

1/2 avocado (small, chopped)

1 Roma tomato (seeded and chopped)

2 ounces blue cheese (crumbled)

Leaf lettuce

Romaine lettuce

Get the directions for the whole recipe via Yummly.

Caesar Sandwich

Hail Caesar … salad! Complete with crunchy romaine lettuce and tasty parmesan cheese, this salad is a filling and nutritious after-school snack. Take your Caesar to the next level by turning it into a power-packed sandwich, adding a couple servings of thinly sliced lean pork roast for post-practice fuel and enclosing it between two slices of fresh focaccia bread. To make it extra healthy and cut down on carbs, skip the bread and don’t chop the romaine to make equally-as-filling lettuce wraps!


3/4 pound cooked, lean pork roast (thinly sliced)

3 cups romaine lettuce (chopped)

1/2 cup Caesar salad dressing

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)

1 focaccia bread (8-inch, round)

Get the full recipe on Yummly.

Ham Pinwheels

These pinwheels are an easy lower-carb alternative to ham sandwiches and take five ingredients to prepare. They’re the perfect snack to keep you full and share with your family before dinner.  


1 tortilla

1/4 cup cream cheese (you can also use a reduced-fat cream cheese or use Neufatel cheese)

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

3 slices ham

3 romaine lettuce leaves

Find the directions to the rest of the recipe via Yummly.

Start incorporating pork into your diet today. Packed full of a variety of different essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are vital for the creation and growth of muscles, connective tissue and skin, pork will keep you feeling energized throughout school, practice and any other extracurricular activities you might be involved in.

For more easy pork recipes, visit Iowa Pork’s website.

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