What you eat after working out is very important if you want to achieve your fitness goals. Within 45 minutes post-work out, your muscle protein drops and your muscles start to break down. That’s why you should eat powerful and protein-rich foods to help your muscles recover and grow.
If you’re thinking of rewarding yourself with pizza and French fries, forget it. Here are 5 Post-Workout snacks and meals (besides Protein shake) that you should be eating/drinking after your exercise.
1. Tuna and Crackers
This one is a very easy, on-the-go post-workout snack – perfect for when you want a snack during a commute home. A can of tuna contains a good amount of protein, less fats and no carbs. The whole grain crackers, on the other hand will add some needed carbs and help boost your insulin levels for your muscles to recover.
For added flavor, you can add lemon, pepper or virgin olive oil on top of the crushed crackers and tuna in can.
2. Scrambled Eggs
The eggs will give you the protein that you need with less calories and carbs. Have at least 4 eggs and add vegetables like spinach, kale, mushrooms, etc. You can even add some lean ham or bacon for extra flavor and to make it delicious (because plain omelet is kind of boring, I know).
3. Banana and Peanut Butter
You can eat this as it is or turn it into a Smoothie with added protein powder/protein-rich veggies and cinnamon. The cinnamon will help spike up your blood sugar which your body needs to recover from a workout.
4. Greek Yogurt
Unlike ordinary yogurt, Greek Yogurt has double the amount of protein. Add some fresh fruits or high-fiber cereal/granola for a good balance of carbs.
5. String Cheese and Crackers
Sounds like a wine party? Probably but no, this is a post-workout meal. Cheese will be your protein source and the whole wheat crackers will deliver the complex carbs and fiber that your body needs.