The age old dilemma of what to actually eat and what is most beneficial for your body and muscles? I always liken this to something I got told when I was in PE at school, “your body is like a sports car and needs high quality ‘fuel’ to keep it going… you wouldn’t put cheap crap in your new car so why would you do the same to your body”? This has never been more true post-workout!
I don’t know about you guys but I’m never hungry immediately after a workout. Although, unfortunately, you only have a 45 minute window in which to get a decent snack or meal inside you that will help with recovery – reducing Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness AKA (DOMS).
Here come the facts… within a few hours of working out muscle protein drops and muscles begin to break down. The initial 45-minute window after a workout your body is the most responsive with absorbing carbohydrates and protein… that’s correct eat right after and know it is benefiting you and your body.
Below are two of the best meals to fuel and reload you hungry hungry muscles (hungry hungry hippos had its affect on everyone, okay):
Greek yoghurt – Great source of Carbohydrate and at double the amount of protein than a normal yoghurt it’s a much needed kiss and cuddle for achy muscles. Add some fruit for crazy goodness! Pineapple is known to have anti-inflammatory properties to help your muscles recover and Kiwi aids with digestion and helps break down amino acids.
Wholegrain cereal – you can buy ones that are a great source of fibre and protein easily carried in a backpack, I have become the king of tupperware since starting back at the gym! Continuing on the Wholegrain theme you and can stuff a tortilla wrap with chicken or turkey for protein and your carb hit all in one!
If you fancy a salad that’s also fine but try to add some wholegrain rice, quinoa, beans or pasta.
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