You did it! You just completed a grueling gym session. That took effort, determination, and accountability. Your body just worked hard for you and you need to ensure you're refueling it properly. What you eat post-workout is just as important as your food pre-workout, and it's vital for recovery. Make sure you include carbs for recovery, protein for muscle repair, and some healthy fats. Here's a list of quick, healthy snack options:
- Banana slices with almond butter and hemp seeds — This may seem a little fancy, but it's pretty basic when you break it down. You've got your carbs, healthy fats, and a bonus of magnesium from the banana to help with muscle cramping.
- Avocado on whole grain toast — We know we're going to get called out for this trendy, millennial go-to, but it's popular for a reason! Mash some avocado on whole grain toast and you're set. We recommend adding red pepper or even some honey to mix things up
- Crackers and cheese — Pick whatever combination of crackers/cheese you like. You really can't go wrong. Plus, this snack will keep you full until you have time for a full meal. Throw in some grapes if you're feeling froggy.
- Hummus and veggies — This is an incredibly healthy snack that delivers with flavor. Plus, something about the crunch of raw veggies is utterly satisfying.
- Protein smoothie — You had to know this was coming. As long as you're using a clean variety, a protein supplement is very useful in repairing and building muscles, and can make for a delicious snack. Simply add in your favorite fruits, almond milk, and blend.
- Eggs and toast — If you have the time to fry up a quick egg, this is a classic. Eggs are loaded with protein and the toast will keep you full. Opt for a whole grain variety, and might we recommend Sriracha?
- Last, but not least. PEANUT BUTTER on rice cakes. Peanut butter provides our body with several key nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron, while also serving as a good source of protein and fat. But make sure to use pure peanut butter – without additives like sugar or palm fat. Consuming peanut butter after a workout may maximize how quickly you recover. A core benefit of consuming peanuts or peanut butter after working out is the high protein content, which translates into a hefty dose of amino acids. Protein is made up of amino acids, which play a vital role in building muscle.