I always say that you can't out-exercise a bad diet! After your long and hard workout, it's unfortunate to cheat yourself by stuffing your face.
There will be many times after a difficult workout that you want to eat more, and that is totally okay! Just do so in a sensible way, and don't "erase" all of those dedicated hours at the gym.
Planning ahead and arming yourself with healthy post-workout snacks is the key to starving off hunger and staying in shape. Give your body a chance to show off all that workout effort!
You want to look for a combination of carbohydrates and protein in your recovery snack, which can help you refuel and repair muscle. Try eating within 15-30 minutes after exercising for maximum repairing benefits.
Here are some quick and simple options for great post-workout recovery snacks:
Greek yogurt with fruit
Banana and almond butter
Peanut butter and banana slices on a rice cake
Low-fat chocolate milk
Tuna on whole-wheat bread or pita
Turkey breast and hummus on a whole wheat wrap
Hummus and whole wheat pita
Turkey and cheese with apple slices
What do you like to eat post-workout? What seems like the best post-workout recovery snack for your body? Tweet me @stefhealthtips!
P.S. I have some exciting news! I have recently been accepted into a dietetic internship program at Long Island University - C.W. Post campus!! This is a MAJOR step in my journey to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and I'm so excited to share this journey with you. Great experiences and information to come in future blog posts!