Sweat, then snack

by Kaila Proulx

Healthy Helper

There’s nothing better than getting into a good workout. Except for refueling afterwards with a healthy snack. Today I have a quick, efficient High-intensity interval training circuit to share with you as well as a protein packed muffin recipe to replenish your muscles afterwards.

HIIT are perfect for people that enjoy short, but effective workouts. When I was studying for my National Academy of Sports medicine Physical Therapy certification, I learned a lot about why HIIT is such a great type of training. These types of workouts are great for boosting metabolism because they work your cardiovascular system and your muscular system simultaneously, you get cardiovascular benefits without losing muscle. HIIT training is a “do anywhere”-style workout, so no gym or specialty equipment is needed.

Whether you choose to go through the circuit once or twice, you’ll be getting a great workout. This circuit is an easy way to add movement into a busy day and can even be taken outside when the weather is nice.

When you workout hard, it’s important to replenish your muscles with a healthy dose of easily absorbable protein shortly after. These Protein Corn Muffins are a healthy take on a classic comfort food and they are kicked up with added protein powder. They are whole grain, have no added sugar, and are perfect for munching on-the-go; topped with a little fruit spread or eat them on their own! You’re sure to look forward to them after a sweaty HIIT session.

Protein Corn Muffins

Ingredients (6 muffins)

  • 1/4 cup unflavored whey protein powder
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 2 tablespoon plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Try Quaker® Select Starts For Breakfast.


Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together until evenly combined. Divide batter into 6 muffin tins. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top.


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