Post-workout nutrition has the dual effect of speeding up recovery from exercise and helping you prepare for the next training session.
Whether you’ve navigated miles of pavement, roared up rolling hills, or felt the burn of a high-intensity gym workout, investing time and energy into refueling can be just as important.
Strenuous exercise can break down muscle strength, easily dehydrate, and use up all of your glycogen, so having a plan in place to regenerate is key.
As well as an active component of recovery such as walking and stretching, post-workout nutrition should be at the center of that plan.
Without recovery, there is no progress. Here are some of the processes that take place in the body when a strong recovery plan is executed:
There are a range of foods that can accelerate these recovery processes. Tart cherries and beetroot are at the forefront of them given their ability to ease inflammation, improve blood flow, and increase stamina.
The unique beet juice-tart cherry mix can be a key component of any post-workout recipe.
The great thing about post-workout nutrition is the variety of recipes that can be used.
Whether you seek to restore energy and muscle strength through a smoothie, meal or snack, numerous ingredients can be used to suit different tastes.
Here are some of our favorite recipes.
Skip the post-workout chicken and rice combination and try this pancake mix that will please your palate. The addition of oats provides a healthy dose of carbohydrates in addition to the vitamins and minerals from the coconut and almond milk.
Blend all ingredients together and cook on a lightly oiled pan. Top pancakes with banana slices for an additional nutrition kick.
Easy to make and digest, smoothies can be packed with antioxidants that fight inflammation. Here’s a tofu-cranberry-beet mix that will blow your fatigue away.
Blend together and drink up!
Low-fat dairy products are also capable of fueling your body post-workout, and can be consumed as snacks that won’t take up too much of your time. This fresh mix combines sweet fruit juice with the sour-tasting wonders of kefir, which contains protein along with other nutritional benefits.
Juiced apple or other sweet fruit such as pineapple, combine with BeetBoost and stir into kefir. Drizzle with honey and add garnish such as mint leaves for additional freshness.
There are plenty of options for your palate when it comes to replenishing and re-energizing your body, so explore and customize recipes of your own.
Along with scheduled recovery time, post-workout nutrition should be a central pillar of your plan to get ahead.
Investing time and thought into it will help you reach your performance goals.
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