Healthy And Simple Post-Workout Meals For Those Easily Tempted To Eat Junk After The Gym
Kudos to you for making an effort to get moving. You’ve decided to go to the gym as opposed to lying on the couch after work, and you hope that your efforts will help you slim down. They should. However, they won’t if what you eat after your workout (and even before) is far from clean. You don’t have to eat like a rabbit to see results, but you need to eat smart. Certain foods help restore muscles after exercise, others give you your energy back. And the good news is that some of the best ones won’t cost you too much time, energy and money. If you need some ideas, here are 10 meals that are perfect post-workout.
Grilled chicken and veggies
If you can’t grill it, pan-searing or baking your chicken is just as good. Pair it with some mixed vegetables, or maybe some asparagus, broccoli or Brussell sprouts, and you have a delicious, simple meal with fiber and lean protein.
Have it with a little bit of avocado and some roasted potatoes and you’re all set. Eggs as a whole have the amino acids necessary to help you heal after a workout gone H.A.M.
Greek yogurt with some nuts, fruits and granola? Fast, and yet, delicious, as well as a great source of carbs and protein.
Salmon and brown rice
Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and carbs, this meal helps reduce muscle inflammation and speeds up recovery.
We are big fans of chocolate or vanilla whey protein shakes, but you have options. Shakes with chia seeds, greens like spinach and kale, or fruit-based ones (banana helps rebuild muscles damaged during a workout) are all delicious and beneficial.
Need an energy boost? A quinoa bowl after a workout is a great option and a must after a strength training workout.
A leafy green salad
Dark greens like kale, chard, spinach and the like are a good base for your salad. But don’t forget to add toppings that will provide you with the nutrients you’ll need in the form of proteins, healthy fats and more.
Whole wheat toast
White bread might be delicious, but whole wheat is better for you. They’re loaded with fibers and protein, and when topped with nutrient-rich toppings like avocado or almond butter, they’re a filling post-workout meal.
Oatmeal with eggs
This meal is packed in proteins, which makes it one of our favorites — and a great post-workout meal to consume at any time of day.
We personally love ground turkey and veggies rolled in a lettuce wrap. It’s almost like having a burrito or burger (if you want to go that route with a patty) without the guilt of too much carb.