I was asked a very good question by one of our Ladies after a session this morning, what are the best foods to eat after a workout to help with weight loss?
Losing weight isn’t easy, so give those stubborn pounds a punch by taking your post-workout snack or meal to the next level. After exercise, your body needs specific nutrients to repair muscle and stabilise blood sugar. This means the right mix of foods can improve your recovery while revving your metabolism.
The following combos put you on the fast track to weight loss. Aim to eat something within an hour of finishing your workout, when your muscles are primed to absorb nutrients most efficiently.
Whole-wheat wrap with turkey and veggies
During that fitness class your body burns carbs for fuel. The wrap’s fibre-rich grains and veggies replenish these stores while keeping your blood sugar levels steady. The result: You’ll feel energised instead of drained, so you’ll be less likely to overeat later on. Pairing those carbs with protein-rich turkey may help you recover more quickly. Protein also helps your body repair and build muscle, which boosts your metabolism.
Almonds and an orange
If you have to dash out after your workout, take this with you. Not only do the nuts serve up protein and healthy fats, but they can also take the edge off your hunger. Snacking on almonds curbs appetite, so you won’t undo all of your hard work by overindulging later on. Meanwhile, oranges deliver carbs, immune-boosting vitamin C, and hydration in one convenient package. Because your body absorbs vitamins and minerals readily after exercise, it’s the perfect time to load up on nutrient-rich foods.
A Smoothie made with avocado, berries, and protein powder
Quick to whip up and easy to digest, smoothies are an ideal post-workout treat. Shake things up by adding few slices of avocado. Not only does it add satisfying creaminess, but it also can help you stay fuller, longer. The healthy fats in avocados also support your joint function. To sweeten, mix in a handful of antioxidant-rich frozen berries and a scoop of your favourite protein powder. Or, if you prefer, swap in Greek yogurt, which contains 11 grams of protein per half cup.
Salmon mixed with celery, and grapes
Salmon contains omega-3’s which lessen some of the post-workout muscle inflammation that causes soreness. Also this healthy fat can help boost fat burn. For a delicious meal, add chopped fresh or canned salmon into a quick salad. Add celery and grapes for carbs and fibre serving it on top of spinach or asparagus.
Eggs with black beans and peppers
If you worked up a sweat first thing in the morning, reward yourself with this breakfast of champions. The black beans add fibre-rich carbs, while the peppers serve up vitamin C. But the star of the show is the protein-packed egg, which can keep you from overeating for the rest of the day. If you are short on time, keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge on hand, and have two with some sliced ham for an on-the-go breakfast meal.
Have a great day 🙂