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5 Best Foods To Eat Post-Workout

by Abby

Chicken Stir Fry Chicken is an excellent source of lean protein and other important nutrients like niacin, a B vitamin essential to carbohydrate metabolism. And although brown rice is generally a healthier option than white, after a workout, you actually want to switch to foods with a high glycemic index (GI). These foods will replenish your muscles with glucose more rapidly, so try pairing your stir-fry with white rice instead of brown. Add steamed veggies for additional flavor and nutrients.

Hummus on a whole-grain pita Most major food guides tell us to substitute meat for alternatives from time to time. Hummus is just one example of a great alternative to meat. Made from chick-peas, hummus is an excellent source of both protein and carbs. Combine with a whole-grain pita for a complete post-workout punch.

Tuna And Whole-Wheat Crackers Tuna and whole wheat crackers are another great post-workout snack for men on the move. Tuna is low in fat but packed with protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. On the flip side, crackers are a crunchy source of energizing carbs. If you can, skip the mayo and opt for some fresh lemon juice, olive oil and a little mustard instead.

Fruit Smoothie Anchored firmly near the top of our list is the ever-popular fruit smoothie. What makes this a top 5 post-workout food is really its versatility. Liquid meals are easily digested, quickly absorbed and, most of all, convenient. To get the most out of your smoothie, blend together some whey protein, yogurt, skim or soy milk, a few high-GI fruits (like mangos and melons), and some bananas for their plentiful potassium. The result will satisfy even the most demanding muscles.

Chocolate Milk Topping our who's who list of post-workout foods is chocolate milk, but not just any old chocolate milk, we're talking about the pre-formulated, protein-fortified, low-fat and great-tasting . With 48 grams of carbs and 20 grams of whey protein, it delivers the perfect ratio of carbs to protein, along with electrolytes and some other essential vitamins and minerals. Although making your own recovery drink is preferred by some guys, the convenience of having an all-in-one sports recovery drink handy after your workout simply can't be beat.