Here are some great post workout foods that you can eat thirty minutes to an hour after your workout. Don’t make the mistake of putting in all that work sweating and pumping weights, and then make a bad food choice! One serving of any of these will boost your effort.
Salmon – Not only will you get a large dose of protein, but the anti-inflammatory Omega-3’s found in salmon will help rebuild your muscles and increase performance.
Blueberries – Small but powerful, blueberries give your body a huge antioxidant boost. In fact, studies show that blueberries can hasten and even triple your rate of recovery after intense workouts.
Dried fruits and nuts – If you’re crunched for time, a handful or two of a good fruit and nut mix delivers a quick protein and carbs fix. Soy nuts are especially helpful for building muscle; a half cup contains 34 grams of protein.
Pineapple – Bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory proven to heal bruises, sprains, and swelling, can be found in this delicious tropical fruit. They’re also high in vitamin C, a key component in repairing tissue.
Sweet Potatoes – Along with a healthy dose of carbs, sweet potatoes contain a variety of vitamins and nutrients, like B6, C, D, Magnesium, and Potassium.
Kiwis – Did you know the Kiwi originated in China, not Australia or New Zealand as many people think? They pack huge amounts of vitamin C and Potassium into a sweet little serving. They’re also an excellent source of antioxidants, which help combat muscle soreness. And eat the skin; it’s full of even more nutrients!
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