This article is in partnership with Dave's Killer Bread.
If you're anything like us, the last thing you want to reward yourself with after a tough workout is a bottle of powder and water. Sure, a shake is a fast, convenient way to get your body some much-needed protein after exercise, but it's not exactly enjoyable.
On days you want protein in its tastier, more natural form (also known as food), start with the humble bagel. Yep, bagel. But not the nutrition-less cream-cheese vessel of your childhood. We're talking about a whole-grain, high-protein powerhouse like Dave's Killer Bread's new Boomin' Berry bagel—the perfect canvas for post-workout fuel.
Need some topping inspiration? These simple, protein-packed, combos are guaranteed to keep you full and your body happy after your next workout.
1. Adult PB&J
Dave's Killer Bread Boomin' Berry Bagel + Almond Butter + Sliced Strawberries + Cinnamon + Sea Salt
Strawberries, a healthy schmear of almond butter, and flaky sea salt put the big boy pants on this childhood favorite, while the Boomin' Berry bagel base adds an extra dose of sweetness thanks to a combo of four superberries (cranberry, blackberry, blueberry, and açaí).
2. Basic Brunch
Bagel + Mashed Avocado + 7-Minute Egg + Feta + Mint
This is a recovery snack worthy of Sunday brunch. Boil an egg for seven minutes (the exact time needed for a still-jammy but not-too-runny yolk), mash your 'cados, sprinkle on some feta, and garnish with mint. Take bite, sip mimosa—you earned it.
3. Mediterranean Morning
4. The G.O.A.T.
Dave's Killer Bread Boomin' Berry Bagel + Goat Cheese + Apricot Jam + Hemp Seeds
We dubbed this the greatest of all time for a reason. Just promise you'll try it (you're welcome).
5. Savory and Smoked
Bagel + Sliced Avocado + Smoked Salmon + Red Onion + Capers
Rich, fatty salmon and creamy avocado are cut with sharp red onion and tangy capers for a flavor combination that seriously satisfies.
6. Say Chia
7. Sweet Tater
Bagel + Mashed Sweet Potato + Ricotta + Drizzle of Honey + Walnuts
Those in favor of dinner before dessert will appreciate this slice of heaven. Mashed sweet potato, chopped walnuts, and ricotta amp up the protein levels so you can recover ASAP.
8. Greens and Eggs
Bagel + Sautéed Kale + Scrambled Eggs + Cracked Red Pepper + Olive Oil Drizzle
We'll take any excuse to make Gordon Ramsay's scrambled eggs. Sautéed kale and fluffy, pillowy eggs deliver the protein and key nutrients your body needs after a tough workout.