That after-workout glow is one of the most satisfying looks one can wear. Whatever your exercise level, proper refueling after a workout is key to helping with muscle recovery and re-hydration.
But, here is the predicament: what is the best way to refuel your body after a solid workout, in a way that will properly nourish and not add on those dreaded calories you spent time burning off?
I am pleased to tell you that the solution is relatively simple, with a variety of easy-to-make snacks and meals using ingredients one could easily find in your kitchen at home. Simple and easy! Read on to learn just how…
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Yes, I said it! Many will most probably not think of oranges when ¨post-workout¨ comes to mind, but
as model Valentine Bouquet says, ¨regularly eat an orange and you’ll never get cramps in your muscles or restless legs after workouts.¨
¨Oranges deliver carbs, immune-boosting vitamin C, and hydration in one convenient package.¨
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They’re the ideal finger food, on-the-go friendly and ideal as a post-workout snack. Dates are high in dietary fiber and potassium, but be sure not to over-indulge in these yummies as they can be high in sugar.
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Eggs are clique in many senses, but they’re the ideal protein when you need it. Whether you like them in omelette form, fried or scrambled…eggs are about as versatile as it gets. Try incorporating some creative ingredients like butternut or avocado into the mix, to sneak in some extra nutrition.
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This post-workout snack will taste more like an indulgent dessert than anything else. Greek yogurt has a variety of benefits from being protein and vitamin-rich to aiding in gut-health due to its probiotic qualities. Topping yours off with fresh fruit is not only delicious, but super nutritious as well (excuse the unintentional rhyming ;).
Keen to take your yogurt and fruit to the next level, try putting them into popsicle form to enjoy after a balmy summer workout!
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(click the link above to find an awesome homemade PB recipe!)
Peanut butter is pretty diverse, not only is it delicious, but pretty high in protein as well. I whiz mine up with banana, milk, plain yoghurt, cocoa powder and honey for a yum PB+ banana smoothie. Some more benefits of peanut butter here.
You could also spread some on slices of apple or on some celery sticks. Try PB whichever crazy and wild ways you fancy, I guarantee you wont be disappointed with the results.
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I’m sure we can all agree that this childhood favourite still remains right up there with cartoons and Rice Krispies. Yes, I still have a soft spot for all of the above…kid-at-heart guilty as charged!
So, how can choco-milk actually be good for you as a post-workout snack?
Compared to plain milk, water, or most sports drinks, it [chocolate milk] has double the carbohydrate and protein content, perfect for replenishing tired muscles.
As if we needed an added excuse to indulge in this delicious drink! Check out this awesome, healthy recipe for chocolate milk.
I hope you´ll have some extra inspiration for getting up and getting out to do that next workout, especially knowing these snacks could be the delicious reward!
[P.S: Need some extra ideas? Click for more inspiration.]
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