Eating after you exercise is almost as crucial as the workout itself. WebMD notes eating protein after exercising helps your muscles recover and grow and ensures all of the hard work you just put in doesn’t go to waste. This doesn’t mean you need to go home and make a large meal containing hundreds of grams of protein, though — the publication explains eating 10 to 20 grams of protein will suffice. Wondering which foods you should be reaching for after your next sweat session? Here are 10 high-protein foods perfect for your post-workout snack.
1. Greek yogurt
Yogurt is a great food to eat after workouts, just as long as it’s Greek. Men’s Fitness states Greek yogurt has twice as much protein as regular yogurt. “Mix it with cereal or fruit,” Dr. Louise Burke, head of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport, recommended in the story. You’ll then have a snack that’s the perfect balance of protein and carbs. We recommend pairing your yogurt with berries; they’ll help fight muscle soreness.
According to SFGate, fat-free Greek yogurt contains between 17 and 20 grams of protein for a 6- to 7-ounce serving. A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determines you only need 20 grams of protein to promote muscle synthesis, which helps the body grow and repair its muscles.