Ever get done with a healthy workout and feel hungry afterwards? With such a great start, it can be hard to decide what to eat after a workout that will give you the most benefit, keep you full, and not undo all the work you just put in! According to RealAge, the best post workout snacks are ones with lean protein or healthy fats. These will help your body absorb and use your blood sugar better.
In a recent study, researchers studied the effects of carb rich meals after the subjects worked out. They found that carbohydrate-rich meals after a workout tended to have a negative consequence on the subjects. This was because their muscle cells rapidly refilled wiht glycogen (a sugar based form of energy). This seemed to reduce insulin sensitivity, which was the opposite of what one would want. This led researchers to the conclusion that meals high in lean proteins and fats after a workout are better for your body.
Also remember that your muscles need protein for growth and repair. Exercise depletes critical amino acids in your body and protein is one of the best types of foods you can eat to replenish these.
If you are not sure of what these snacks should look like, here are a few examples to get you started.
Half Tuna Sandwich– This is a great snack idea if you can stand your tuna with light or no mayonnayse. Be sure to put this on whole wheat bread for optimal filling and better digestion.
Mini Platter– Grab a small plate and put a few slices of cheese, turkey, and fruit on it. This is an easy and yummy snack that works great with your body after a workout.
Guacamole & Whole Grain Chips- Guacamole may be fattening, but its dubbed as a “healthy fat” that will take your body a while to digest…and thus aid in keeping you full, so you will eat less. Just be careful with the chips.
Happy Eating! ~HealthyGirl