Wellness Wednesday: Workout Recovery Foods

You’ve just finished working out and now you’re super hungry, so what do you reach for? I don’t know about you, but after those rare times that I do work out, I’m always in the mood for something healthy afterwards! When you’re feeling so good, it just doesn’t make sense to want something that will weigh you down and take away that feeling.

After you’ve finished working out, make sure you follow up with your work out meal as early as 15 minutes after your workout. Don’t wait longer than an hour! Your muscles are ready to start repairing themselves right after your workout is complete, so don’t keep them waiting!

Make sure you’re eating something that’s easy to digest; always start with liquids! Your muscles won’t thank you for scarfing down that veggie dog, but they will thank you for a protein shake!

After the liquid portion of your recovery meal, focus on leafy greens and protein!

Here are some great post-workout snacks and meals!

1. Protein Smoothie

Well, duh. A super creamy, protein packed smoothie is a perfect post-workout treat! I love mine with bananas, kale, strawberries, peanut butter, and cacao.

2. Green juice

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Not really a meal or a snack, but great for the liquid portion of your recovery meal! Throw everything green in your juicer and drink up!

3. Chia pudding

 

Another awesome post-workout snack! High in protein and omega 3! This needs to be made a few hours ahead of time, but you can always make it the night before and then enjoy it after your workout the next day. I like mine super simple with just chia seeds, coconut milk, and sometimes some cocoa powder.

4. Quinoa with leafy greens or fruit

 

Okay, real food now! Another protein packed food that is great for workout recovery. Lots of protein and it’s delicious! Toss it with some lightly sautéed kale and veggies and you’ve got a meal that tastes great while helping your muscles out! If you’re not in the mood for a savory dish, cook your quinoa with non-dairy milk instead of water and then serve it up with fresh fruit, nuts, and agave. Yum!

5. Protein pancakes

 

Aren’t you glad that I’m telling you to eat pancakes after a workout? All I do is follow a normal pancake recipe, toss in some vanilla protein powder, and then add more non-dairy milk as needed. Super simple and delicious!

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