As a personal trainer, one of the most common questions I get asked by my clients is “what should I eat after a workout?” It’s not only WHAT you eat that’s important but also WHEN you eat it.
After a workout, your body needs to replenish nutrients within 15 to 30 minutes. If you can’t get to a kitchen or cafe in that amount of time, I suggest taking healthy whole-food snacks with you to the gym. My go-to snacks? RxBars, raw almonds, or a banana. Bananas are high in healthy carbs to restore your body's levels of glycogen and help heal sore muscles. Almonds and bars provide the protein that you need to rebuild muscles. Don’t forget to read the labels on those bars though, look for natural ingredients and note the sugar content.
I’m sure your group fitness instructor has encouraged you to stay hydrated during class. This is also important post-workout and it’s a good way to replenish electrolytes. Stay away for the sugar-loaded sports drinks and opt for coconut water instead.
Recently, I stopped at Whole Sum Kitchen on 50th street for my post-workout snack (well, it was more of a lunch, let’s be honest). I opted for one of their Smoothie Bowls - the Kauai. They add homemade granola to the bottom of the bowl and the base is banana and mixed berries. It's then topped with granola, fresh berries, chia seeds and cashews - fresh, delicious and it checks all the boxes for my post-workout recovery. Mention my name in store and get $5 credit when you buy your first 1-day juice cleanse!
Stay tuned for more post-workout tips including a foam roller tutorial!