After all the lifting, sweating, running and stretching you killed your workout! Time to hit the showers! But not so fast, what you do and what you eat right after your workout can help your body recover and help you get the most out of your hard work.
Make sure you eat as soon as you can after your workout. You used up some of your body’s energy and it needs to be replenished. There are some great post-workout snacks you can toss in your gym bag and others are easy to whip up as soon as you get home from the gym.
Here are some of our favorite post-workout snacks.
Protein Smoothies This is a quick and easy post-workout snack you can have ready to go in your gym bag or toss together in a blender when you get home. The flavor combinations are endless! And the best part is, it’s the perfect way to add extra servings of fruits and vegetables. Simply blend everything together and voila! Nutritious, delicious and exactly what your body wants after a workout.
Greek Yogurt, Oranges and Red Peppers This combo pack of snacks gives you texture, flavor and loads of nutrition. The vitamin c rich peppers and oranges help relieve some of the exercise-induced stress your muscles were under during your workout. Protein in the Greek yogurt will help build up your muscles from the small muscle tears they endured during the workout.
Trail Mix Make your own or buy it at the store. Trail mix is a great snack to keep in your gym bag especially if you know it will be a while before you can grab a bite to eat. When making your own or buying from the store, try to mix up a variety of dry roasted nuts for a healthy dose of protein and healthy fats. Pistachios are great because they’re rich in potassium. Toss in some raisins for texture, sweetness and to help your recovery.
Water and Sports Drinks Water is very important before, during and after a workout. It’s especially important after your workout to replenish any fluids lost during your sweat session. Up to 60% of the adult human body is made up of water. Be sure to give your body what it needs. If plain water isn’t for you, add some fresh berries or mint to your water to add flavor.
Sports drinks can also help replace what we lose during exercise, especially if you take your workout outdoors in the summer. Electrolytes and carbohydrates help you refuel and re-hydrate your body.
Whatever your snack of choice, be sure to grab a nutritious bite after your workout. Your body will thank you.
*Disclaimer: The information found in this blog post is for informational purposes only. Please consult your physician before beginning an exercise program and guidance on nutritional needs for your body.