The food you eat within the first few minutes after a workout is one of the most important and underrated parts of fitness.
In order to help your body recover faster, as well as repair and build new muscle tissue after Gym session , you’ll want to refuel soon after working out with a small number of carbohydrates and protein. How soon? Research has shown that consuming a post-exercise meal immediately after Gym (i.e., within 15 minutes) is better than eating an hour afterward.
So with that in mind, here are the best Gym snacks to pack in your gym bag.
Or cottage cheese, if you’re into that kind of thing. Both offer an excellent source of protein for gym. For an extra antioxidant and carbohydrate boost, add fresh berries or diced vegetables. Extra bonus? Calcium and vitamin D-rich foods help strengthen bones and prevent fractures.
After Gym, your body likes carbohydrate-containing foods because it’s burned through all its energy stores. To replenish these stores (aka glycogen), top a couple of whole-grain crackers with protein-rich (and totally delicious) hummus.
And not just the whites. Egg yolks contain several vital nutrients for brain and bone health. Pack a few hard-boiled eggs into your gym bag for a quick and easy source of protein, teamed with a slice of whole-wheat toast for additional carbs post-workout.
Liquid nutrition is a great choice for a Gym meal because it absorbs easier and can therefore be used faster by your body. A smoothie made with ½ cup of almond milk, one scoop of protein powder and ½ cup strawberries. Delicious.
Fatty fish are known for their inflammation busting abilities, and research found that omega-3 fatty acids can also help ease delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after exercise. Try spreading a whole grain wrap with a thin layer of cream cheese and topping with smoked salmon for a delicious and portable snack.