Your body needs to refuel after a workout, but that doesn’t mean you should shovel back all those calories you just burned at the gym. Replenishing your energy after exercising is very important. So, some of the top trainers around the globe are sharing what the best workout snacks are, and not all of them are fans of store-bought protein shakes. In fact, some of these snacks were pretty unexpected but oh-so delicious!
Grilled Chicken With A Drizzle Of Honey
Adam Bornstein, founder of Born Fitness and New York Times best-selling author likes to drizzle a little honey on top of his grilled chicken with white rice and grilled vegetables, like bok choy, peppers
Watermelon And Bananas
Matt Frazier, author of No Meat Athlete and founder of nomeatathlete.com will chow down on half a watermelon or a few bananas.
Lean Protein And Veggies
Kira Stokes, celebrity trainer and creator of the Stoked Method and Stoked Series classes will have a protein shake right after a workout. An hour later, she’ll refuel some more with snack size portions of veggies and lean protein in order to keep her body going and repair her muscles right after a workout.
Salad Or Eggs
Brian Gallagher, co-founder of Throwback Fitness recommends that you eat clean food items like whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats and plenty of fruits and veggies after a workout. So instead of buying protein powder to make a shake, try eating eggs or a salad after your workout. You’ll feel great, and your muscles will thank you for it.
Homemade Bison Chili
Nia Shanks, a coach, health and fitness writer, and author of “33 Ways to Break Free from Binge Eating,” suggests making some homemade chili after a workout. It’s loaded with carbs and protein that will fill you up and refuel your muscles. Feel free to try her bison chili recipe here. It looks absolutely delicious!
Rice Cakes And Nut Butter
Adam Gilbert, who’s the coach and CEO of My Body Tutor, suggests going for rice cakes, which are filled with complex carbs to give you a ton of energy during your workouts. Meanwhile, nut butter will provide a great source of fat and protein. It’s also a low-carb food that contains lots of fiber, and it’s
Protein Shakes With Amino Acids
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You Can Also Add Some Fruit To Your Shakes
Crossfit trainer, Erica Giovinazzo explains why mixing a protein shake with some delicious fruit is vital after a grueling workout. “I have a protein shake mixed with fruit. Because our bodies have used up all our glycogen stores after a hard workout and basically all the energy it had, it is important to refuel it with both carbs, which will be absorbed by muscles first, and protein to help prevent the breakdown of muscles for protein. Plus the liquid [form] helps you absorb those nutrients fast,” she said.
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