Workout and Health | Foods that You should consume after a Healthy Workout Session

Eating the right food after an intense workout session is way more important as it helps you to recover, build muscles, refuel, and prepare you better for your next workout session. Healthy workout sessions require proper nutrition so that the working muscles can be refueled properly.

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Your muscles use all the glycogen energy stored in them while you workout and when strength workouts are performed, even some of the muscle proteins get damaged.

For repairing the muscle proteins and to recover the used glycogen stores, eating the right combination of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals is very crucial. But what and when to eat is totally dependent on what type of workout you performed, for how long you did, and what was the intensity.

For maintaining good health with a good body, it’s quite important to consume the right meals.

After endurance activities like cycling or running, meals rich in carbohydrates is recommended while after strength training sessions, it is important to consume protein with moderate carbohydrates, and so on.

Here I have shared some food items that you must consume post work out.

Apple with Peanut Butter – 

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A perfect combination of protein and carbs is an apple with peanut butter as apple is a rich source of carbs and fiber; and peanut is a great source of protein. You can have this amazing snack whenever you feel like as it is very tasty and one feels good after having it. To stay fit it is one of the best healthiest options.

Banana – 

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Bananas are rich sources of potassium, carbohydrates, and calcium which are very important for your muscles. You can either directly have a banana or can make a smoothie with it and enjoy it. You can also carry one with you in your bag and can consume while coming back to your apartments or cut into pieces, top up with some peanut butter or honey to enjoy the best.

Chickpeas - 

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Fiber-rich food is not suggested before workout sessions as these can cause serious digestive issues while if consumed post-workout, it would help in balancing blood sugar levels. It is also considered as a post-workout superfood due to its high content of carbs and protein. Chickpeas taste good with everything and anything so you can try various recipes with it. 

Nuts – 

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Instead of chips and chocolates, you must give a try to snack on nuts, as they are full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. You can have mixed nuts, add them to your smoothie or add as topping to your various dishes. Nuts are the most easily portable snack and also keep you fuller for a longer time.

Fruit Smoothies – 

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A protein shake is recommended by every gym trainer but if you don’t like the taste of those shakes than you can opt for fruit smoothies. To make your shakes more nutritious add some berries to it and use low-fat milk, no sugar, lots of fruits, and some protein-rich elements like yogurt or chia seeds. You can try whatever taste you like and can boost your health in a tasty way.

Tofu or Cottage Cheese – 

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For a good workout session, you need a good quantity of protein and for that cottage cheese and tofu are the best sources. Never go for uncooked cheese or tofu, instead of shallow fry or grill them before consuming. You can try various recipes with them or you can add them to your curries or salads.

Sweet Potato - 

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Sweet potato is rich in carbs, fiber, and potassium which make it the top choice vegetable among the workout meals. Being versatile in nature, you can try various recipes with it and it will also keep you fuller for a longer period of time.

Protein Bars – 

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Along with being rich in protein, the protein bars also contain good amount of carbohydrates and fat; and you can easily munch on your protein bar after your workout session which will make you feel good. When you go shopping for protein bars, keep in mind to avoid those which have a high content of sugar. 

Add these simplest food items in your meal routines post-workout and gain better results. Try different recipes and enjoy the flavors with amazing health results.

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