Why Post-Workout Fuel Is Important
Today, we’re tackling the topic of post workout snacks. Before we get into what makes the perfect post-workout meal/snack, let’s talk about why it’s important what you use and how you can actually derail your results, keeping you from your reaching your fitness and weight loss goals.
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When you work out, you tear down your muscles in order for them to build back up stronger. What you put in your body post-workout ensures that you are building your muscles back up properly. Your body also stores energy that it derives from food, water, sleep, vitamins––all that good stuff––and it expels that energy when you push it extra hard in your workout. Restoring that energy through nutrients helps your body successfully process throughout the rest of the day in order to get the results you want.
So what about this post-workout window we’re talking about? Your body does this incredible thing called “protein synthesis,” which is super scientific and complicated, but we’re going to explain it as simple as we can. After you workout, your the enzymes and amino acids in your body go into overdrive to rebuild cellular energy. During the first two hours after you workout, your muscles are in the optimal position to absorb as many nutrients as they can to start rebuilding muscle. It’s within this two-hour window that you want to fuel up as proficient as you can.
To get the best results and nourish your body as best as you can, you will want your post-workout fuel to contain a good balance of protein and complex carbohydrates to properly restore your cellular energy and rebuild your muscles.
We know that a chicken breast and brown rice is probably not the first thing you’re craving after a sweaty session, so we suggest something lighter such as a smoothie. It’s not only a refreshing option, but you can load it up with fiber, complex carbohydrates, potassium, and protein that will result in properly restoring your cellular energy, nourish your muscles, and rev up your metabolism to keep your body burning fat and producing lean muscles.
Perfect Post-Workout Smoothie
Put all ingredients in blender, and voila! Super simple, super easy, super effective. Remember, the nutritional portion of getting healthy is not something to take lightly. The meals are just as important as the actual work you do in the gym in terms of the progress you are going to see.
1 Cup Almond or Cashew Milk
¼ Cup Almond Butter
1 Cup Kale
2 Scoops Protein Powder of Choice (we suggest vanilla flavored)
½ Cup Ice
Tell us what your favorite post-workout smoothies are!