Just after an intense workout, you may not feel hungry. But your body needs some fuel to recover. Try to have a snack or small meal within 30 minutes of completing your workout.
You’ll want to consume protein and complex carbs which help in muscle recovery. Complex carbohydrates (like whole grain bread and other whole grain foods) are important since they’re the primary source of fuel for your entire body. If your body doesn’t get carbs, it may start breaking down muscle tissue, instead.
With this in mind, here are some great post-workout snacks to get you the fuel your body needs:
Almonds – These are a simple, portable snack which have everything you need post-workout: carbs, protein and fiber. Almonds are also reputed to help keep blood sugar under control as well as help you feel full.
Banana and Peanut Butter – try it on whole wheat toast or in a smoothie with some protein powder. This is great for an after-workout snack because it works fast to replenish your energy.
Greek Yogurt – with its high protein and carbs (as well as less sugar than regular yogurt), this is a perfect post-workout snack.
Popcorn – yes, popcorn! (Low-fat or fat-free, of course.) Plain popcorn is a great source of whole grains and fiber, which will help rebuild your body’s glycogen storage after you exercise. You might want to add some whey protein powder to get the extra protein you need as well.
Chocolate Milk – its carbs and protein help muscle recovery. It also has water, calcium, sodium and sugar – all things your body needs to recover.
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