What We Eat AFTER A Workout Is Just As Important As What We Eat Before

Eggs 6. Eggs

Poached, scrambled, or hard-boiled, eggs are full of protein and vitamin D. We like to keep a dozen or so of hard-boiled eggs on hand in the refrigerator for a really easy post-workout meal, or as added protein to a salad.

shutterstock_78088744 7. Oranges

I remember getting orange slices as a snack when we were kids, usually at halftime of a soccer game. What was good for us then is still good now; the natural juice can assist with hydration and can be better than an artificial sports drink at providing restorative fuel for our bodies.

shutterstock_566639671 8. Salmon

Protein-packed and pearly pink, salmon is a great way to refuel our bodies after a workout. It’s also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are an important part of maintaining heart health.

shutterstock_177108227 9. Sweet Potatoes

These are all the rage, and not just in pie form. From slices of sweet potato toast to diced and roasted, sweet potatoes are an excellent carbohydrate for filling our bodies with sustainable fuel.

whole grain toast 10. Whole Grains

A slice of whole grain toast topped with avocado or a poached egg is an excellent source of carbohydrates and fiber. Well-balanced carbs that fuel our bodies with positive food-energy will help us to truly reap the benefits of a workout.

Don’t skip that post-workout meal! The food we put into our bodies after a workout is just as important as the workout itself. Sure, a reward in food or drink form is totally acceptable, but just be sure to make the healthy stuff a priority in the first hour after you exercise. And always remember to consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.

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