It is important to nourish yourself with nutrients because your body is especially good at absorbing them within 45 minutes after you exercise. Whether you are trying to build muscle or just want to stay in shape, the following drinks and snacks will help you reach your goal!
- Low-fat Chocolate Milk
Yup, you read that right, chocolate is actually the good guy here. This drink contains a high amount of protein and carbohydrate which is exactly what you need after a workout to tone your muscles. Have it hot in this cold weather or just iced to cool down after your workout, just use skimmed milk and honey as a sweetener because you surly don’t want those extra calories now.
- Green Tea
Green tea contains antioxidants that help metabolize fat and fight exercise-induced free radicals that would otherwise cause inflammation and muscle soreness.
- Fruit Smoothie
This will help recover all the sweat and electrolytes lost during exercise. At that time, your body will be in high need for potassium, which makes bananas and berries a very good choice. Use a tiny amount of honey as a sweetener rather than sugar because you wouldn’t want all your effort to go to waste.
Eggs have the required combo of carb/protein needed after a tough workout, and that comes with a low number of calories. They also contain amino acids, and are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D, all which makes it the perfect thing to eat after a workout. Have it scrambled, boiled, or any other way, just don’t overuse fats and you’ll be fine.
Hummus is a good source of natural carbs and protein. Make the famous hummus dipping and eat it with some carrots, or go for simply seasoned chickpeas and you’re good to go.
- Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a wholesome and nutritious post-workout snack containing a high content of protein compared with regular yogurt. Get it fat-free, top it with your favorite fruit and that’s all you need as a reward for your body for a good workout.
Who said healthy food is boring? Now that your body got what it needs and you satisfied your cravings, get ready for the next workout, CHAMP!