15 Best Post Workout Foods For You
Whether you're strength training or powering through cardio, fueling your workout is crucial. We've put together a list of 20 of the best post-workout foods to help nourish and replenish you after even your most draining workouts!
- Whole Wheat Bagel with Peanut Butter
This snack is packed with plenty of protein and essential nutrients to help replenish and fuel your body after weight training or cardio.
- Dried Fruits and Nuts
The protein and healthy fats found in nuts and the carbohydrates in the dried fruit are both essential parts of refueling post workout.
- Chocolate Milk
Just like the fruit and nut combo, chocolate milk has a specific balance of carbs and proteins to help replenish the nutrients that are depleted following a workout
- Egg Omelet
Eggs contain the fastest-absorbing protein in any food, which means that your body can absorb it much more quickly and your muscles will receive the benefits much faster.
- Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is beneficial post workout because it contains a vital concentration of healthy fats, but has relatively little calories.
One of the leanest meats, salmon is more effective at repairing muscles after a particularly difficult strength training session. It also contains a number of healthy fats and can temporarily raise your metabolism.
- Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are one of the best known superfoods for their vital concentrations of vitamins, proteins and starches. They are also super convenient because you can make them in your microwave!
Not only does tuna contain a surprising number of healthy fats, it's also a very economically-friendly way to snack after a workout.
- Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt contains about 20% of your daily intake of protein and comes in a compact container, which makes it easy if you're in a hurry.
- Peanut Butter Sandwich
The balance of protein and carbs in this classic snack is perfect post workout.
- Healthy Cereals
High fiber and high protein cereals, like Grape Nuts or Total, contain the necessary nutrients to refuel your body after a workout.
- Fruit Smoothie
Smoothies are incredibly versatile and customizable. You can add protein powder, like the 180 Muscle Mix, or peanut butter to your favorite smoothie recipe to switch it up and add an extra boost for after your workout.
- Hummus and Pita
The protein found in garbanzo beans is slow-releasing, which will help to fuel your body over longer periods of time after your workout. This also makes a good anytime snack because it can help keep you full and energized.
- Steel-Cut Oats
Adding a scoop of protein or a handful of chopped almonds to your oatmeal can increase the amount of healthy fats and protein concentration, both of which are essential for post-workout refueling.
- Apples and Peanut Butter
This snack is perfect because it's sweet and salty and able to satisfy whatever craving you might have. The protein from the peanut butter and the antioxidants from the apple also have additional health benefits.