Could you give me some ideas on what to eat after my workout? I’m confused by all the information out there!
Great question! Many people leave the gym feeling tired and hungry and want something quick to eat before they get too ravenous and end up binging!
Post workout, you want to ensure that you replenish your glycogen stores and take advantage of this “window of opportunity” where your body is literally begging for nutrients. If you have worked hard and depleted your stores it is essential to feed your body and allow recovery to take place. First you should have a good pre-workout meal within the hour before training, and then immediately consume a meal after completing your work out.
Below are a few examples of simple snacks to eat post workout:
Egg whites with a yam or sweet potato
Oatmeal with dates and a protein shake
Lean protein over brown rice or whole wheat pasta
Greek Yogurt with fruit
Tuna or turkey sandwich on whole wheat roll
Scrambled eggs, toast and fruit (watermelon)
Oatmeal with raisins and a protein shake
Lean Protein wrap with a whole grain tortilla or pita
Fruit Smoothie made with protein powder and coconut milk
Egg whites with whole grain bread or whole grain bagel thin with a side of fruit
Protein shake with oatmeal and unsweetened applesauce
Breakfast burrito with egg whites, veggies, black brand and a whole grain tortilla
The quantities of these foods will be different for everyone based on his or her current fitness goals and training intensity!
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Deanna Harder: Fitness Leadership Diploma, CSEP-CPT (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology-Certified Personal Trainer), and Figure Competitor