You should think of the food you eat post workout as your recovery aid. These recovery foods are a key way to restore energy exerted, repair muscles, and rebuild tissue that breaks down during exercise.
So what to do post workout? Here a few tips!
It’s so important to drink water, especially during the summer; you need to replace your lost fluids! Staying hydrated pre, during, and post-workouts is key! If you ever feel “thirsty there is a good chance you are already dehydrated, prevent this by staying on top of your fluid intake all day, aim to drink 6-8 eight ounce glasses a day or more.
Have a snack that is a balance of complex carbohydrates and protein. This balance is the perfect fuel post workout. Together they help rebuild your muscles, stimulate development of new muscle tissue, and re-fuel your system! A few good snack ideas are:
Or, have a meal
Post-workout snacks are not necessary if you are going to eat a meal within the hour! Focus on lean proteins, whole grain carbohydrates and vegetables to fill you back up! On Ketanga's recent Pilates, Barre, & SUP fitness retreat in Montauk, NY, Jenna prepared a delicious, nutritious, and smart meal for the group after a morning workout. See below for recipes featuring Banza Pasta, a low-carb, high-fiber, high-protein, chickpea-based pasta!
Happy Sweating & Happy Eating!
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