After a gym session, the last you thing you want to do is let that hard work go to waste. It’s important to fuel up with healthy post-workout eats to help you recover. Plus, just thinking about having a delicious meal or drink right after a workout is great motivation in itself. Delicious food that your body can feel good about? Sign us up!
Here are our favorite post-workout eats:
Not super hungry? Go for a smoothie.
Nothing hits the spot after a workout quite like a refreshing smoothie. You can customize your blended treat with ingredients that target specific needs depending on your workout style.
If you completed a strength training session, order a smoothie with a Greek yogurt base for protein as well as an anti-inflammatory ingredient like the almighty ginger. For endurance workouts, try adding citrus fruits like oranges to help with hydration and add a banana for much needed potassium. Boost it with spirulina, a great source of protein for any vegan diet.
Early morning workout? Try a veggie filled omelet.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so follow your early morning workout with a protein packed omelet. Order yours with fresh vegetables like spinach, kale, bell peppers, and mushrooms to add nutrients like iron and fiber.
Switch it up with a Persian herb kuku, a Middle Eastern egg dish that’s loaded with ingredients known to have health properties like turmeric, cayenne, and walnuts. Or try a twist on the classic Spanish tortilla (an omelet in Spain), made with nutmeg, parsley, and sweet potatoes instead of the usual Yukon gold potatoes.
Love to run? Time to carb up.
Carbs get a bad rep but depending on how you consume them, they can actually help you rebuild muscles after a run. While there are many recommended ways to carb-load, a good rule of thumb is the 2:1 carb to protein ratio.
A balanced meal can be as simple as a drizzling coconut oil onto grilled salmon, sweet potatoes, and kale for a healthy combo of protein, carbs, and fats. For vegans, try a hearty Tex-Mex dish of rice mixed with black beans, sweet corn, jalapeño and fresh vegetables like peppers.
Don’t forget to hydrate!
No matter what type of activity you’re doing, it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day to keep your athletic performance in tip-top shape. Have water with you at all times, either in a collapsible bottle for convenience or a vacuum-insulated flask to keep it cool 24/7. Also try chilled coconut water and natural pressed juices.
Take the work out of your post-workout meal by ordering before you sweat it out. Consuming your meal or smoothie within two hours of your workout, sooner if possible, allows your body to recover faster.
Whether you’re running to the finish line or lifting for your life, make sure to fuel your workout with the right eats.