Eating the right food when you’ve finished working out can have a vast impact on how you pull up the next day (or later that afternoon) so it’s important to make sure what you snack on is the right fare. Read on to see what our experts suggest as the best post-workout foods to help speed up your recovery process.
Post-workout food to help you recover faster
Dietician and nutritionist Susie Burrell says:
“If you’re going straight to a meal then nothing, but if it’s over an hour until your next meal a small (200 calorie) snack of carbs and protein is best. A latte, greek yoghurt and fruit, cheese and crackers or a nut based muesli bar are all good options.”
Nutritionist and Pilates instructor Lucy Beaumont says:
“After working out (within the hour of finishing) your body is the most responsive at absorbing carbohydrates and protein, so the best foods to fuel and support muscle recovery are foods high in these macronutrients. Best foods include good quality protein shake, lean meat (e.g. chicken) and salad, eggs and wholegrain toast, omelette with lots of vegetables, fruit salad and yogurt, carrot sticks and hummus.”