As you exercise, your muscles get broken down and damaged. After you finish a workout, your body tries to repair and regrow these muscle proteins. Therefore, it is important to understand the relationship between physical exercise and the kind of post-workout fuel you ingest so you replenish your body with what it needs.
Some benefits of eating the right nutrient-enriched foods post-workout include:
- Decrease muscle protein breakdown
- Increase muscle protein synthesis (growth)
- Restore glycogen stores
- Enhance recovery
To give you some ideas, iFit Nutritionist Michelle Alley shares her favorite quick and easy post-workout snacks that will leave you feeling replenished and satisfied.
Nourish Protein Shake
iFit Nourish is our top-of-the-line protein drink, and it’s my top choice for a quick snack after a workout. I know it sounds like I’m just promoting our own products, but as a nutritionist, I can tell you about the meticulous work we put in to make sure it contains everything a body needs. We personalize each mix, so I can confidently recommend it. All you need to do is add liquid, and you’ve got an excellent post-workout refueling drink! I like to keep some pre-measured in a shaker bottle in my gym bag. I just add water, and voilà!
Since you can buy individual packages of nut butters, I like to keep a few in my bag, along with different items I can enjoy them with like dates, rice cakes, apples, or bananas.
For a crunchy protein source, I like to snack on roasted chickpeas. High in protein and fiber, they make a great option to keep on hand. Whether you buy them or make them yourself, you can enjoy them in a variety of flavors.
Trail mix is an easy choice, because you can either buy an individual package, or you can make your own. Mine are made up of mainly nuts and dried fruit.
Crackers And Tuna Or Chicken
If you haven’t been down the aisle where the tuna and canned chicken are kept, you may want to take a gander. They now come in individual foil packets and a variety of flavors. They even have some you can buy in cups that come with crackers ready to be topped, or you can buy your own whole grain crackers.
So, next time you finish a workout, try incorporating these nutritious post-workout foods into your meal plan and be on your way to achieving your ultimate fitness goals.