You got your workout in. Great! After burning those calories, you need to fuel back up. In order for your muscles to properly recover, your energy levels need to be replenished. Here are 10 foods and drinks to replenish your body after a workout.
This is a great protein source. At only 70 calories each, eggs also contain all nine essential amino acids which help reduce muscle damage.
2) Green Tea
This tea contains antioxidants that combat free radicals from exercising in which causes inflammation and muscle soreness. Also, these antioxidants help metabolize fat.
This fruit is high in the “good” carbs which will help restore the glycogen and bananas are a great source of potassium. Potassium is an important electrolyte your body needs for restoring fluid levels.
4) Orange Juice
Not only do you get a good dose of Vitamin C, it also contains a significant amount of potassium.
5) Dried Fruit and Nuts
These are another great source of protein – a half cup contains 34 grams! This is perfect for a quick carb and protein fix.
This is another source for Vitamin C. But it also contains Bromelain which is a natural anti inflammatory. Bromelain has been proven to heal sprains, swelling, and bruising.
7) Sweet Potatoes
These contain a nice dose of carbs along with a good amount of Vitamins B6, C, D, magnesium and potassium.
This one should be obvious, but some people fail to rehydrate. After a good workout, your body loses a good amount of water via sweat. It is important to replenish it with 2 to 3 glasses after you are done working out.
9) Chocolate Milk
Yes, believe it or not. Not only does it restore muscle glycogen and rehydrates your body, but it has a good surplus of calcium, healthy fats and whey protein. This is a wonderful and tasty option for recovery after your workout.
This fish is a great source of omega 3, another anti inflammatory. It also helps rebuild muscle, increases performance and contains a large dose of protein.