by Skinny Ms.
Believe it or not, there’s a way for you to continue burning calories and building muscle even after you’ve left the gym. For the first 30-minutes following a workout your body continues to convert carbohydrates into energy-producing glycogen and works overtime to build lean muscle tissue. Consume the right combination of carbohydrates and protein post-workout to help your body maximize results.
Think you’re too busy to prepare a nutritious post-workout meal? Here are some quick and easy post-workout foods to help you refuel on the go.
Yogurt and Berries
Yogurt is rich in the protein and carbohydrates needed to build lean muscle mass and store energy. Stir in some fresh or frozen berries for additional carbs and a dose of antioxidants. Stay away from yogurt that already contains fruit, though. These varieties also contain a whole lot of extra sugar.
Apples with String Cheese
Mozzarella cheese is high in protein to help build lean muscle mass. Pair some string cheese with some carbohydrate-rich apple slices for a delicious and energy boosting post-workout snack.
Tuna on Whole Wheat Crackers
Stir a teaspoon of your favorite mustard into a 4 oz-can of water-packed tuna for an ideal source of protein. Spread the mixture over a handful of whole-grain crackers for a quick and easy post-workout pick me up.
Peanut Butter and Banana
Peanut Butter is an excellent post workout option. Dip a ripe banana in a few tablespoons of this high-protein treat for a post-workout snack that tastes almost too good to be good for you.
Hummus with Pita or Whole-Grain Bread
Try 2 tablespoons of hummus with pita or whole-grain bread for the perfect protein/carbohydrate combination that is easy to prepare and take on the go.
Dried Fruit and Nuts
Running really short on time? Grab a handful of dried fruit and nuts to take on the go. This sweet and salty duo offers a nutritious dose of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. Be sure to only grab a handful, though.
Looking for a post-workout food that is a bit more filling? Go ahead and make yourself a turkey sandwich on whole-grain bread. Substitute mustard for mayonnaise, and add some veggies for extra fiber and vitamins.