Have you seen those people eating protein bars after a workout? Well, they aren’t just doing it for the taste: Whenever we exercise, we expend energy so it stands to reason that we need to replace that energy otherwise we won’t be feeling too good afterwards! Healthy snacks and protein bars help us to refuel and repair tired muscles, so we thought we’d put together a few ideas for your post workout foods:
Yep! Cherries are a great post-work out food because they contain a whole host of antioxidants (giving the fruit its deep red color) together with a good amount of Vitamin C and Iron. The antioxidants (also known as flavonoids) are great for supporting the immune system and also have anti-inflammatory properties. As if that wasn’t enough, cherries also contain melatonin – a natural hormone which helps regulate sleep for better recovery and regeneration.
Unlike its humble counterpart, sweet potatoes grow on vines, rather than underground. This means they develop high levels of antioxidants such Vitamin C and Beta Carotene, which help reduce muscle damage. Sweet potato is also a source of easily digestible carbs and quickly replenishes glycogen levels for fast post-workout recovery.
Excellent for rehydration, Miso soup contains water and a good balance of electrolyte salts to replace fluids lost through sweat and exertion. Tofu provides a good source of quality protein and the Wakame seaweed is rich in minerals – a good alternative to sugary sports drinks!
Quick, easy and tasty, protein bars help the repair muscle damage after exercise and help make them stronger. These are particularly important for people taking part in weight training or are looking to build more muscle. It’s important to ensure that the protein bars you eat are not stuffed with sugars and flavours to make them taste better.
Loaded with essential fatty acids, Hemp seeds hold the crown for the richest plant-based source of Omega 3’s, which have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. They are also a good source of protein and contain effective branched-chain amino acids which are great for muscle recovery and growth.