Hard, intense workouts of the cardio or strength training variety should leave you feeling pretty drained and eventually hungry. If you’re like me, you’re not hungry immediately after a workout, but give it 20-30minutes and the hunger kicks in and it’s intense! It’s necessary to fuel your body up 1-2 hours after working out in order to help muscles repair and your body to maintain function. It’s best to get a good mix of protein, carbs and healthy fats.
After most of my workouts I’ll eat a bowl of porridge (I prefer exercising first thing in the morning) and on occassion I’ll have a salad packed with rommaine lettuce, white beans/lentils, cucumber and olives. I also have MyProtein Chocolate Smooth Whey Protein after strength training days. However, this isn’t foreveryone, so below I’ve listed some great recovery foods to have after the gym.
- Chocolate milk (especially handy for people on the go) with a banana
- Cottage cheese on rye bread (cottage cheese is good for protein)
- Scrambled eggs (protein, protein, protein) pair it with some wholemeal bread or rye bread!
- Peanut butter on wholemeal toast or rye bread
- Coconut water and a banana (great for restoring electrolytes)
- Avocado stuffed with cottage cheese and tomato
- Avocado on wholemeal toast/rye bread
- Spinach salad with chicken
- Sliced apple with peanut butter and raisins
- Tuna salad or sandwich
- Smoothie with oats and greek yoghurt
- Greek yoghurt, chopped banana, topped with some nuts
These are just a couple of great ideas that combine carbs, fats and proteins to help your body recover and make sure you’re ready to tackle the next workout! Remember to try keep carbs as wholegrains and DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Rehydrating is vital and consistently drinking water through the day is an excellent habit to develop. Always try keep a water bottle to hand.
Hope you had a great weekend!