A workout is now part of our daily lives. Some people allocated a special time for it while for some people, they cannot live a day without a little workout.
Other people even sacrificed something important just to have a little workout for the day. It seems not normal for them not to move every single muscle they have.
But for some people, spending time for a workout means sacrificing their mealtime, which is totally wrong. A healthy and nutritious meal is as important as a workout.
So, if you are juggling your time between your workout and your meal after it then you are in the perfect place. Here are the top 7 best post-workout snacks you can try on.
Sweet Potatoes are packed with vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins B6, C, D, iron, magnesium, and potassium. A medium sweet potato is just about 100 calories, 0g fat, 24g carbs, 4g fiber, and 2g protein.
The carbs are great for replenishing your glycogen stores after an intense bout of exercise. To make this a perfect post-workout snack, eat your potato with a good source of lean protein like a piece of grilled chicken. But if you want to eat this alone then it is still fine.
Eggs are another great source of lean protein that most of you probably already have in your refrigerator. Boiling them is the best option in eating these.
Why? Well, simply because you will not need any oil to cook it. But if you want to poach it then do as you please, what matters the most is that you avoided adding extra fat (oil) in it.
Eggs are a fast-digesting form of protein, so having them within 30 minutes of finishing your workout will make sure you refueling properly.
They also contain vitamin D which promotes calcium absorption. Calcium is good for your bones which you needed the most.
Protein Shake is the easiest way to have for a post-workout snack. Why?
Because you can just throw it in your shaker bottle, toss it in a gym bag and you are good to go.
There are so many options with these that you could almost have a different one for every day of the year. The benefit here is that all of your post-workout nutrition is in a liquid, meaning it requires less effort to digest and your body can absorb nutrients faster.
“This is what I eat after a quick afternoon workout,” -Cari Shoemate (certified trainer in Houston)
Almonds contain protein which helps muscle recovery and the best thing about this is that you can just place them in a bag and leave in the car and eat them while you are on your way to your next activity. In about one serving (22 almonds), you get 160 calories, 6g carbs, 6g protein, and about 3g fiber which is really a good deal to anyone, right?
Non-Fat Greek yogurt contains protein which is the most important nutrient you need right after your workout. You can put some of your favorite fruits and blend them or maybe just slice those fruits into tiny bits, mix them and that is it, you are good to go.
Greek yogurt is incredibly versatile (you can use it in everything from smoothies and parfaits, to sauces and baking) so it can satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Make sure that the variety you’re choosing is natural and doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners.
Every kids’ favorite drink is also a good option for a post-workout snack or drink. Chocolate milk is essentially everything you need in a glass. It’s quickly absorbed by the body, contains adequate amounts of protein and carbohydrates, and the water content helps to rehydrate.
If you want the powdered version then just make it before heading to the gym. But you can always buy the ready mix in a pouch and chill them before going to your gym or maybe just buy them in the nearest grocery store of your gym. Chocolate milk is back for some good reason and one of which is for every single adult who wants to refill their body with some good nutrients for the day.
Obviously, fruit is the easiest and most portable option for a post-workout snack. This only means that with just one grab and you are good. Bananas are an excellent snack to have after a workout because they contain large amounts of potassium, an electrolyte lost while sweating. They also are a great form of a fast-acting carbohydrate.
While some of you may think these are bad carbs, they can actually be quite beneficial here. Fast carbs can be your friend because they hit the bloodstream quickly and help restore the glycogen stores in your muscles. This starts the repair process and reduces soreness.
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