The 7 Best Things to Eat and Drink after Your Workout
At Urban BodyFit we are always raving to eat and drink after your workout. As important as it is for you to eat right before your workout, it is just as important for you to provide your muscles with the right nutrients right after a workout to enable growth. To help your body recover from the strain of working out, heal and develop accordingly, you need to make sure that you invest in the right foods after your workout. Here are seven things that are probably the best for you to eat or drink after a workout session.
You have probably noticed that a lot of protein supplements contain whey. There is a reason for that. Whey is a great fat burner and energy restoration protein and while at it, it also boosts your immune system because it contains a lactoferrin. The best thing about whey is that only one scoop of it is equal to an entire chicken breast. That saves you from a whole lot of cooking and eating.
Other than being a complete protein that is readily available in most grocery stores, the other factor that makes eggs a great after workout food is because they have branched-chain amino acids. These allow for faster muscle recovery after working out.
It is common for most people to lockdown on proteins after an intense workout. After all, they are the building blocks. But, proteins don’t cut it. During workouts, the body breaks down glycogen which is the energy reserve. To replenish this, you need carbohydrates from plants and the sweet potatoes are among the best sources. Proteins are a great superfood that is fortified with Vitamin A and up to 26 grams of carbohydrates. With the addition of high concentration of fibre sweet potatoes are the best option in nursing your muscles back to health.
So you’re too tired to cook but, you still need to restore your energy and soothe your muscles. Avocados are a great resource for mono-saturated fat which is great for muscle repair. They also contain Vitamin B that helps to restore your metabolism. The best thing about avocados is that there are so many ways that you can consume them. You can make a smoothie and add some whey or, you could just cut them up and eat them ripe.
Taking the right drinks can also be highly beneficial for your muscles. One of those drinks should be cherry juice. It contains a battalion of antioxidants that help to prevent muscle damage. For the longest time, cherries have been known to be great for one’s sex life and now, the tart tasting juice will also work wonders for your muscles. In the place of cherry juice, you can also try out some orange juice which is just as beneficial.
Chances are, after your workout, you will want something that tastes good, is relaxing and healthy. Chocolate milk is it! It offers all the hydration that you will need and plenty of nutrients to help you and your muscles recover. The best thing about chocolate milk is that it is easy to make and you can throw in some sweet potatoes to make it a super drink.
Dried fruit and nut
If you simply want a snack that doesn’t have to arm-twist you into the getting in the kitchen, dried fruits and nuts are a great way of getting around that. They have a long shelf life, are highly nutritious and pack a whole lot of proteins and carbs. If you have to be specific, the soy nuts are the best when it comes to building muscle.
Eating these seven foods will help you maximise on the effort you put in working out. They will help heal and build your muscles allowing you to realise the results of your efforts.
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