You’ve probably heard at some point or another that it is essential to fuel your body both before, and after a workout. For many people exactly what to eat is the part that is hardest to figure out. There’s no need to worry too much, because there is a wealth of information available online about pre, and post-workout food. When you have finished your workout, your body will have depleted it’s glycogen stores, and will desperately need some simple carbohydrates to replenish them.
Simple carbohydrates are broken down quickly in the body and cause an insulin spike. There have been many conflicting views on simple carbohydrates. Often times, people are told to avoid simple carbs because they can contribute to body fat. This is the case for those who are inactive and lead a mainly sedentary lifestyle. For those who regularly exercise or are involved in sports, simple carbohydrates can prove to be an excellent means to replenish tired muscles.
You may still be reading this and thinking, “that’s great, but I still don’t know what to eat post-workout”. Settle down and I will tell you. The following are some great ideas to refuel post-workout.
Many fitness enthusiasts value chocolate milk as part of their post-workout routine. The chocolate-y goodness provides much more than just sugars to satiate a sweet tooth. Milk also contains vitamins, minerals and protein that make it a very valuable after a hard workout. If chocolate milk isn’t your thing, try strawberry, vanilla, or one of the other flavors that are available. The market has definitely changed in order to offer more choices than just the original three.
There are many powdered and pre-mixed drink selections that can be acquired from a health food store, or even from some grocery stores. These drinks often contain complexes that are combinations of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and glutamine. Glutamine is great post workout as it promotes muscle healing and regeneration as well as reduces pain that may be felt from the muscle burn you had during your session.
Protein Bars and Cookies
Cookies are probably the last things that you would be expecting on the post-workout edibles list. This does not mean that you should workout, and then go and ingest a full bag of Oreo’s. There are many new products on the market, even muffins and cookies, that contain protein and mixtures that are quite comparable to the standard protein bars that most people have some knowledge of. If you are the type of person who struggles with a junk food addiction, this may be the answer to your prayers. These cookies and muffins will allow you to feel as if you are indulging, while giving your body essentials that it needs to thrive and revitalize. Some places may offer same-day delivery cookies. The alternative is that you could make them yourself from a recipe online, or by adding protein powder to your favorite cookie recipe.
These are just three of many possible options for post-workout refueling, but they are three great options. The main thing is to find what works for you and gear your meal to how hungry you are. When you really need to eat you can always consider having a wrap or a sandwich that is filled with some veggies and a portion of lean chicken breast, tuna, or another lean protein source of your choosing. If you don’t feed your body after the workout you will be cheating yourself out of seeing your best results, and you wouldn’t want that.