When it comes to working out, as much important is to know how to properly workout it is also very important that you fuel properly, before and after every workout – just to ensure that you have enough energy to actually do the workout. However, more and more experts are saying that the meal after a workout is the one thing that does not let all that hard work go to waste. Did you know that if you don’t eat an hour or two after a workout your muscles will not be able to properly recover? If you don’t have the time, you can always go for a small meal at least 15 minutes after the workout.
We have prepared for you a short list of the best foods to eat after working out:
Carbs and protein are two things that your body needs after a workout and eggs have plenty of both. Did you know that eggs are one of the rare foods that naturally has vitamin D? If that does not make eggs awesome then this next fact surely will – One egg has just around 70 calories, but at the same time it packs around 6.3 grams of protein. However, consuming raw eggs does not have any special benefits – actually one study has shown that cooked eggs allow your body to absorb up to twice the amount of protein.
When it comes to carbs, most of the people simply go with brown rice and there is nothing wrong with it, however, brown rice is not able to compete in any way with quinoa when it comes to nutrients and vitamins that each of these two foods have. Furthermore, quinoa not only has more fiber and protein, but at the same time it is much easier to prepare.
Orange juice has lots of potassium and vitamin C, which means that it is an ideal sports drink. If you don’t know – potassium is a very important electrolyte known for helping our bodies restore their fluid levels. You can even use orange juice for protein shakes!
Did you know that one cup of kefir has from 11 to 14 grams of complete protein? That is one of the many reason Kefir, fermented milk drink that is made from probiotic bacteria has gained so much popularity in last couple of years.
Bananas are so popular among people who workout that we thought whether we should even put it on this list. They have lots of good carbs, that our bodies need after a workout and they have lots of potassium.
As you probably already know salmon has lots of protein, but apart from that it also has lots of anti-inflammatory omega-3 that help us increase performance and rebuild our muscles.
Blueberries can give us a big antioxidant boost and they can even speed up our recovery up to three times, according to one of the studies that have been done in Europe.