You just finished your five mile run, or your hour spin class. (Grrrrppphg) Yes, that was your stomach growling. So what can you eat? Here are seven things you should ingest after working out, as taken from here and here:
Eggs are an amazing source of protein. They contain all of the essential amino acids your body requires to digest and absorb protein. It is best, after a work-out, to mix five egg whites with one whole egg. I personally love hard-boiling a bunch of eggs and slamming them down Cool Hand Luke style. (see link)
- Orange Juice
You can get vitamin C from Gatorade. You can also get vitamin C from OJ, as well as significantly more potassium. Potassium gives you ample energy. Potassium is also high in our next food…
These are the carbs you want. They are fast-acting. They can help rebuild your damaged muscles, and they are tasty! J
Salmon is a good source of protein. It is filled with Omega 3’s that help fight against diseases. Why not kill two birds with one stone?
- Dried Fruits and Nuts
A quick source of protein, and something you can eat on the go. Like bananas, these are the good carbs. Just make sure you have no nut allergies, your muscles will swell up bigger than you want!
Another excellent source of vitamin C. A better option than artificially flavored drinks. It also has this cool natural remedy that helps to heal bruises, sprains, and swelling.
- Sweet Potatoes
Along with a healthy dose of carbs, sweet potatoes contain a variety of vitamins and nutrients – vitamins B6, C, D, magnesium, and potassium. Be happy your mom made you eat these when you were younger!