The best post-workout recovery foods
You’ve just had a good work out and your stomach is grumbling, demanding to be fed! Whether you’re jumping, flipping, throwing, running or lifting, it’s important to eat well after a good exercise session.
The best thing to eat after breaking a sweat is foods that will help to refuel and rehydrate your body, like carbs and lean protein. Protein contains amino acids which helps to repair and build muscle. Carbs act as fuel for your body, and aid in muscle recovery. In your post-workout meal, try to also include foods rich in healthy fats!
Here’s a list of delicious and nutritious foods to incorporate into your post-workout feed.
Exercise, especially endurance based exercises like swimming and running, use up your glycogen stores which are used to fuel your body. That’s why after a long work out, it’s important to refuel with plenty of carbohydrates. The Glycemic Index usually divides carbs into two categories; complex carbs (low GI) and simple carbs (high GI). When planning your post-workout meal, it’s better to choose carbs with a moderate to low GI.
- Sweet Potato
- Most fruits
- Dark leafy veggies
- White Rice
- White Bread
- Skinless Chicken/Turkey
- Ground Beef
- Low-fat dairy products
When you’re at the supermarket and you’re planning your post-workout meal, remember to buy foods that are rich in fats. Yes, you read that right! Contrary to popular belief, fats can promote healthy brain and heart activity and has awesome benefits for your skin and hair. Healthy fats are what you’re looking for!
- Olive oil
- Chia seeds
- Dark chocolate
- Trail mix
- Oily fish
Remember that everything is good in moderation! Provided you have a healthy balance of fats, carbs and protein in your post-workout feed, you’ll be right as rain.
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