Just had an awesome workout and don’t know what to eat to refuel your body? Well, refueling can actually make or break your workout. According to the American Heart Association, Riska Platt, M.S., R.D., and nutrition consultant at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, says, “Know that what you put in your body (nutrition) is as important as you what you do with your body (exercise).”
So, why exactly do we need to eat after workouts? Our bodies need to replenish low stores of glycogen, electrolytes, and fluids. According to Popsugar, we can “repair damaged muscle tissue and build new tissue for a toned, strong body” by eating the proper foods. With that being said, here are five foods to keep in mind for your next grueling workout session.
1. Whey (or another form of protein powder)
Unless you are vegan, whey is an incredible source of protein. You don’t have to be a bodybuilder to enjoy protein powder either. Contrary to popular belief, protein powder won’t bulk you up. One scoop of powder contains just as much protein as a whole chicken breast, says GQ. Also, research shows that people who use whey as a supplement burn twice as much body fat while building muscle. Toss it in a smoothie or even water to enhance your workout.
Other protein powders can come from hemp, soy, brown rice, or casein. Depending on specific dietary concerns or even stomach trouble from dairy-based powders, there are plenty of options that deliver virtually the same results.