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6 of the Best Foods and Drinks to Eat After Exercising

Did you know that what you eat after a workout is one of the most important parts of training? Here, six ingredients to help you recover faster and build muscle.


By Alexia Dellner, PureWow

You picked out a killer playlist, stretched thoroughly and then gave 150 percent in your workout. So now you’re done, right? Not so fast. “The food you eat within the first few minutes after a workout is one of the most important and underrated parts of training,” says personal trainer Lisa Reed.
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In order to help your body recover faster, as well as repair and build new muscle tissue, you’ll want to refuel soon after working out with a small amount of carbohydrates and protein. How soon? Research has shown that consuming a post-exercise meal immediately after working out (i.e., within 15 minutes) is better than eating an hour afterward, Reed tells us. So with that in mind, here are the best post-workout snacks to pack in your gym bag.


Yogurt

Or cottage cheese, if you’re into that kind of thing. “Both offer an excellent source of protein post-workout,” says sports dietitian Angie Asche. For an extra antioxidant and carbohydrate boost, she recommends adding fresh berries or diced vegetables. Extra bonus? “Calcium and vitamin D-rich foods help strengthen bones and prevent fractures.”

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Hummus and Whole Grain Crackers

“After a workout, your body likes carbohydrate-containing foods because it's burned through all its energy stores,” nutritionist Lindsey Joe explains. To replenish these stores (aka glycogen), top a couple of whole grain crackers with protein-rich (and totally delicious) hummus.

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Eggs

And not just the whites. “Egg yolks contain several vital nutrients for brain and bone health,” says Asche. She suggests packing 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.

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Protein Shakes

“Liquid nutrition is a great choice for a post-workout meal because it absorbs easier and can therefore be used faster by your body,” says Reed. Her favorite recipe? A smoothie made with ½ cup of almond milk, one scoop of protein powder and ½ cup strawberries. Delicious.

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Smoked Salmon

Fatty fish are known for their inflammation busting abilities, and research published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine 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.

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Low-Fat Chocolate Milk

For those who find it hard to eat right after exercising, the American Council on Exercise suggests trying liquid foods instead of solids. And chocolate milk is a great choice, thanks to its tasty mix of carbs, protein and water. (Just go easy on the sugar.)

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