Although the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about what I’m going to eat after leaving the gym is a big burger with fries, it is not the best option. But knowing exactly what to eat after exercising is not an easy task. So after a bit of research on what is good for your body after a workout, here are a few suggestions:
Grilled Chicken and Mixed Vegetables
Your body is in recovery mode and in need of a nutrient dense dish. Chicken has a lean protein and carbohydrates that will fill you up, but at the same time you won’t feel overly bloated. Instead of the famous fries, you should add some veggies in olive oil. Delicious!
Veggie Omelet with Avocado
Eggs are a great source of protein and help aid in muscle recovery and growth. You can make an omelet garnish with a few slices of avocado for fiber and monosaturated fats (the good kind of fat!). Avocados can help your body better absorb fat soluble nutrients that your veggies have, like vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins are stocked with antioxidants, the best boost for your body, inside and out.
Salmon with Sweet Potato
Salmon has small protein molecules that help reducing inflammation and also regulating insulin levels. Sweet potatoes pack in those complex carbs as well as help to restore glycogen levels, which get depleted after a workout.
Whole Wheat Tuna Fish, Hummus and Spinach Sandwich
Tuna is low in calories, but high in protein and carbs. You can replace mayo or mustard with hummus, which is a hundred times healthier and high in fiber. Spinach is a produce powerhouse, handling everything from curbing your appetite to boosting your complexion and lowering blood pressure and inflammation.
Chocolate milk has everything you need in one glass: carbs and protein for muscle
recovery, water content to replace the fluids lost as sweat and calcium, sodium and sugar. All ingredients that help you recover faster, retain water and regain energy.