You put a lot of effort into your workouts – so, why don’t you put just as much thought into your post-workout nutrition? If you’re like most people, though, you have most likely only given much consideration to your pre-workout, as opposed to the snack or meal you eat after you’ve crushed your fitness goals.
Why is eating after your workout so important, anyway? Well, it can help you rebuild your muscle proteins and glycogen stores – energy, anyone? – after exercise, while aiding in the growth of new muscle. So, it’s important to keep plenty of protein, carbs, and fats included in your post-workout meal planning.
Doctors, dieticians, and personal trainers have praised these 3 nutritional powerhouses. Specifically, the protein will repair and build muscle, while carbs replenish your glycogen stores. Consuming a 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein is usually recommended – and hey, a little healthy fat never hurt anyone, either! Take a look at our list of recommended protein, carb, and fat staples below, and you can attune your post-workout snack or meal to include one or more of these suggestions.
• Greek Yogurt
• Protein Bar or Powder
• Canned Tuna
• Chocolate Milk
• Rice Cakes
• Fruits (Pineapple, Berries, Banana, Kiwi)
• Nut Butters
• Trail Mix with Dried Fruit
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