We are all somewhat familiar with what we should eat before we workout but are we as familiar with what we should eat AFTER a workout?
Finding time to exercise is hard, especially if you work outside of the home and/or have kids. So when you do have the time to exercise, be sure you are refueling your body with the proper foods so that your hard work doesn’t end up being in vain.
Below you will find a list of foods that are excellent at replenishing what is lost through exercise. These foods can improve recovery time, speed up your metabolism and help rebuild muscle faster.
Bananas often get a bad rap because they contain a lot of sugar but they are also loaded with “good” carbs which is exactly what you need after a workout. They provide an excellent source of potassium and help to rebuild damaged muscles.
Not only is salmon an excellent source of protein, it is also loaded with healthy omega 3’s. Omega 3’s are great for rebuilding muscle and increasing your performance.
Sweet potatoes offer a healthy dose of complex carbs, B6, vitamins C and D and potassium. Try them roasted with a sprinkle of cinnamon! DELICIOUS!
Chicken is lean, loaded with protein and inexpensive. If you live in a climate where it is impossible to grill outdoors, try an indoor grill. You can season the chicken in a way that will come close to tasting like it was done on a charcoal grill!
Eggs are extremely versatile and like chicken, inexpensive. They pack a whopping 6.3 grams of protein. Try boiling them for an easy to grab post-workout snack. Scrambled eggs with onion and cheese work as a post workout meal as well.
YUMMMM is all I can say. Avocado is a real superfood. It’s loaded with healthy fats, an excellent source of calcium and they are delicious!
Slice them up with a dash of salt and pepper as a quick post-workout snack.
Kiwi contains large amounts of potassium and vitamin C which are essential for post-workout recovery. They also contain antioxidants which help aid in muscle soreness and promotes healing of the damaged tissues. A couple kiwi’s post workout are all you need to reap the benefits of this amazing fruit.
Lemon water is super healthy for you! It is full of vitamin C, antioxidants and nutrients. It can help replenish lost nutrients and hydrate you after a workout.
Greek yogurt is another good source of “good” carbs. It contains twice the amount of protein as regular yogurt and is thicker and creamier in texture. Another plus to greek yogurt is that it contains no saturated fats or cholesterol which means good heart health!
Add in fresh berries, honey or granola for a well rounded post workout snack.
Smoothies are probably one of my personal favorites as any type snack or meal replacement. From berries to peanut butter to protein powders, the combinations are endless.
My favorite is Peanut Butter and Banana. It is packed full of nutrients and very filling!
As I mentioned before, finding time to exercise is hard. Especially if you have the added responsibilities of kids and a job outside of the home. When you do find the time to get a workout in, be sure to make if count by refueling your body! It will thank you!
Refueling your body is the key to making it stronger and healthier. Any of the foods from the list above should help you achieve those goals!