You’ve finished an awesome workout, I bet that you are probably feeling famished. Well, that’s normal. When you workout, your body is burning the fuel from your pre-workout meal, as a form of energy to burn calories and work your muscles. So, the foods that you are eating after your workout truly become the most important meal of your day.
Generally speaking, protein and carbs are the two things you want to incorporate into your meal after hitting the gym. If you are looking to speed up your weight loss or maintain lean muscle mass, then you will want to turn to dairy proteins. Complex carbs on the other hand can help to restore damaged muscles.
Make sure to read on, as you don’t want to let all the hard work go to waste!
Strength Training Snacks
Protein shake with 1 banana
Spinach salad with lean chicken breast
½ cup of fruit with ½ cup of cottage cheese
Egg omelet with 1 cup of veggies
1 serving of salmon with 1 medium sweet potato
1 banana slice with 1 tbsp of peanut butter
1 cup of strawberries with ⅓ greek yogurt
1 slice of whole grain toast with 1 hard boiled egg
½ cup of whole grain cereal or oatmeal with low fat milk and berries
Whole grain tortilla wrap with turkey and spinach
Remember, your body uses a lot of energy during a workout. To allow your muscles to recover, it is recommended that you eat within 45 minutes to an hour after finishing your workout. If you’re looking to build muscle then try eating at least 30 grams of protein and 30 to 35 grams of carbs within 15 minutes of your workout.
Looking for tips about what to eat BEFORE your workout? Check out our 5 Foods To Eat Pre-Workout post!