Phew! So you’ve just completed a heart-pumping workout and need some nosh, but aren’t sure what to choose…Carbs, protein, a whey-infused body builder’s milkshake? How about we take you through 7 easy-to-come-by post-workout foods that help your body recover and replenish your energy? Let’s begin!
Why Greek? It has twice the amount of protein as regular yogurt to help rebuild your worked muscles, not to mention carbs to replenish your energy. Throw in some mixed berries to help fight muscle soreness and you’ve got yourself a power snack!
No matter the time of day, wholegrain cereal high in protein and fiber is a perfect post workout meal or snack to restock your energy stores. Add dairy to boost it’s nutritional worth even more! And no, Fruity Pebbles doesn’t count.
These little suckers pack a walloping punch of protein. They also contain ALL 9 essential amino acids, or protein building blocks, that help reduce muscle damage in the body. Oh, and don’t skimp on the yolk, that’s where much of the protein and amino acids are stored!
Don’t fear the carb! Sweet potatoes are a nutrient-rich carbohydrate and all-round superfood complete with three, count ‘em, THREE days' worth of vitamin A! Not to mention 26 grams of carbohydrates to restore your energy reserves, aka muscle glycogen.
Yes, this youthful beverage is completely acceptable as a post-workout treat, isn’t that awesome? It not only hydrates, it’s full of nutrients like calcium, healthy fats, and whey protein to assist your body’s recovery. In fact, it’s better than Gatorade! Nothin’ like a milk mustache to conclude a grueling workout.
Hummus is always a good choice, especially after a sweet sweat sesh. Packed with carbs and plant-based proteins, this rich dip is a win-win for your bod. Dip in some carrots for a beta-carotene boost!
When your body needs a tuna-up…(#sorrynotsorry)…go for the low in fat but packed with protein and heart-healthy omega-3s chicken of the sea. Substitute lemon juice, olive oil, and mustard for mayo to keep the healthy-train goin’!