Ever wondered what to eat after a workout? Here are some foods and recipes you can try. But before, let me explain why certain foods are better than others.
During rigorous physical activities, your body uses up glycogen that stores body’s energy and lives primarily in your skeletal muscles. In order to build up muscles and energy, you’d need to supplement the body with nutrients that’d come from eating carbs and proteins.
Carbohydrates: rice, quinoa and oatmeal. Why do our bodies need carbs? Isn’t this something we should avoid as so many have suggested? The truth is if consumed smartly and moderately, carbs are beneficial because they contain glucose, which acts as energy fuels for our bodies.
For brown rice recipes, Martha Stewart offers 17 different ways to use it in dishes ranging from salads and soups to side dishes and main courses.
Cookie + Kate has a low-calorie recipe for a sun-dried tomato, spinach and quinoa salad that sounds just divine.
Food Network has a bunch of great oatmeal recipes, but I like this over-night one, because you can make it and let it sit in the fridge until you are ready to eat the next morning.
Proteins are the building blocks for all the cells in our bodies. For instance, proteins keep muscular issues such as the heart organ in healthy shape and help rebuild body muscles.
Salmon, chicken (white meat) and tofu are great sources of protein. I pick fish and white-meat chicken over red-meat is because the latter has been associated with increasing risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.
Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids thought to contribute to healthy heart, joints and decrease immflamuation. While, chicken has less cholesterol and saturated fat than red meats, such as beef, pork and lamb. For vegetarians that do not eat meat, a great alternative is to eat tofu.
For a delicious salmon recipe with additional proteins from spinach and chick peas, check out this one from BBC Good Food.
If chicken sounds plain, well, doesn’t have to be. This recipe for a dish of grilled honey-lime chicken with pineapple salsa from Delish might change your mind.
Marin Mama Cooks has a tasty recipe for a miso kale salad with roasted tofu. Yum …
As an extra, I’d like to remind you to eat more avocados and more nuts. They both contain monounsaturated fat and what most people call “good fat.” Because, it can improve blood cholesterol level and decrease chance of cardiovascular disease.
The next time you return home from working-out, try one of those.
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