After exercise and some intense calorie-burning, it is extremely important to replenish your body with the proper nutrients so that your body and muscles can recover. Here are the top 5 snacks to have after a sweaty session on the treadmill:
This is a snack that is not only packed with protein, but also can be easily added to other dishes or mixed with your favorites. Greek yogurt is a great addition to a smoothie, mixed with some fruit and granola, or added to dips and sauces! Why is Greek yogurt so good for you?
Greek yogurt is full of calcium, which is excellent for bone health and muscle development.
- It contains probiotics, and these promote a healthy gut. This bacteria helps you properly digest foods, boosts your immune system, and decreases stomach issues.
- It is rich in amino acids, which are the building blocks for regenerating muscle tissue and repairing fibre damage.
Pair a crunchy apple or ripe banana with some delicious nut butter (and if you have allergies, sun butter is a delicious nut-free alternative). It’s the perfect salty-sweet treat, and low-maintenance to prepare. Why is an apple and peanut butter so good for you?
- Peanut butter for example, is high in monosaturated fat. Don’t let the word “fat” scare you- it’s extremely important! It helps your body burn fat, while continuing to build muscle. It also has other benefits, like lowering cholesterol and reducing heart disease.
- Peanut Butter is a rich source of plant-based protein. It not only repairs muscle, but it also fills you up. This is key to making sure your body is satiated after a big workout, and you’re not over eating or binging later on in the day
- Apples are rich in fibre, and are also packed with natural sugars, which will help replenish any sugar you flushed out which you were sweating during your workout!
Sweet potatoes are not only delicious, but they’re nutritious! Making a small batch of sweet potato fries is a great way to refuel after a workout, and feels as delicious and sinful as going for fries and a burger. Check out our recipe for sweet potato fries here
to get your fix. Why are sweet potatoes so healthy?
- After a workout, the body’s glycogen level drops, and sweet potato helps restore the glycogen levels
- They are anti-inflammatory, which helps with muscle repair and soreness
Sunny side up, scrambled, poached or over easy? Whether you like your eggs as an omelette or with toast, these are an excellent and delicious source of nutrients. What do amazing things can eggs do for you after a sweat session at the gym?
- At only 70 calories each, eggs pack almost 7g of protein
- Eggs are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. After a workout you’ve already gotten tons of endorphins, but Vitamin D also plays an important role in regulating moods and warding off depression
not just for breakfast! Oats are a delicious snack, especially topped with berries (for an extra bit of hydration), and topped with a bit of nut butter for added protein. Why are oats so great after the gym?
- Oats give the body energy, so that you can continue to build strength and have an intense workout.
- Oats are a complex carb, and the body uses these carbs for energy like it is supposed to, instead of breaking down the protein from your foods or in your body.
- Oatmeal has lots of fibre and burns very slowly in your body, keeping you satiated for a long period