It’s not just professional athletes who should think about what to eat after a workout. To maximize your efforts, recover, and refuel your body, you should be eating within 30 minutes to 2 hours of a workout. The best combo? This varies based on your goals but on average your snack should be made up of about 60% carbohydrates, 25% protein, and no more than 15% fat.
I stalked some of my favorite fitness blogs to find out what they are eating post workout, and here is what I came up with:
Jam-packed full of protein (over twice as much as regular yogurt) and calcium, not to mention portability, it is no wonder many people snack on these post-workout. That must be why Meghann of Meals and Miles opted for this snack (with some added goodies) after a tough CrossFit® workout!
Banana with peanut butter
This protein-packed combo will not just fill you up (and satisfy that sweet tooth) but bananas are a great source of energy which is especially important after a grueling workout. Tina from Carrots n’ Cake eats this combo quite frequently for breakfast! If you are trying to lose weight, be sure to opt for raw peanut butter (less sugar).
Steel Cut Oats
Oatmeal is full of carbohydrates that your body needs after working out. Don’t just take my word for it. Kath of KathEats has a whole section of her blog devoted to oatmeal!
Katie from Healthy Diva, among many others, has been known to turn to a protein smoothie after she works out. My personal favorite protein powder is the brown-rice based “Perfect Fit” protein.
You read that right! Eggs are not just for breakfast. They are full of protein and by mixing them with veggies you are giving your body everything it needs to recover! This recipe by Katrina and Karena of Tone It Up is a great one!
This one is a no-brainer. Aside from being rich in high quality protein, tuna is an excellent source of important nutrients including potassium, magnesium, selenium, and of course, Omega-3 fatty acids. Grab a vacuum-sealed pouch and eat it on the go!
What are your favorite post workout snacks?