A good, tough workout can make you feel equally liberated and invigorated as well as sick to your stomach and weak in the knees. It’s so important to make sure you refuel your body with exactly what it needs post-workout: nutrients to revitalize and keep the balance. Nourishing and all-natural, these are my top picks for the best foods to eat after a grueling workout session:
Low in calories and high in protein, eggs are an ideal post-workout food because of their ability to keep you full after a work-out, without weighing you down. They are also a rich source of vitamins, including A, E and K and a range of B vitamins such as B12 (energy), riboflavin and folic acid. Eggs also contain all eight essential amino acids needed for optimal muscle recovery and building valuable minerals like calcium, zinc and iron.
Powerful workouts require carbohydrates. One medium-sized banana happens to have about 110 calories and 30 grams of carbohydrates, making them a great snack to follow any intense cardio or aerobics activity. They are also a great source of manganese (helps your body heal, rev up metabolism) as well as potassium (aiding muscle function, preventing cramping).
On top of being sweet and sometimes tart, berries are filled with energy-packed vitamins and antioxidants. For a boost better than your traditional grocery store selects, check out exotic berries such as the Amazon Rainforest’s camu camu berry– it is rich in valine, which the body uses to prevent muscle breakdown post-exercise, and leucine, which promotes muscle growth and recovery. Can’t find it in your local supermarket? Just opt for the dried preserved fruit or capsule versions from Amazon Origins instead!
- Greek Yogurt
What’s the biggest catalyst to muscle growth? Protein. With double the amount of protein than regular yogurt, Greek yogurt provides the body with a great protein infusion while having few calories and sugar. For extra health benefits, consume it raw and without any added sugar.
Nuts provide carbohydrates, protein, and the best kind of fats for your body. More specifically, pistachios are great for post-workout due to their richness in potassium- an electrolyte lost through sweat.
And there you have it, easy foods to help increase your carb/protein/good fats intake after a rock hard workout. Now go out and get some exercise!