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Best Post-Workout Ingredients For Any Time of Day

Within 60 minutes of working out, your muscles are starving for nutrients, and it's essential to get both protein and carbohydrates in this crucial period. Build muscle and replenish energy sources with meals and snacks that keep you going for the rest of the day.

Exercise depletes critical amino acids — building blocks of protein used by the body for making muscles — so replenish your body with smart protein choices and a fresh supply of amino acids. Revitalize skin after workouts with protein-rich nutrients like soy (also found in the St. Ives Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash).

Small amounts of fat (like the low doses of saturated fats found in almonds) will slow digestion and make you to feel full longer after workouts, and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (like walnuts) help your body burn fat quicker. Exercise draws upon glycogen, the storage form of sugar, so slow-burning carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables allow your body to build this energy back up for the rest of the day. Carry this restoration to the skin and replenish moisture using products with fresh fruit extracts including St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Cleanser.

To find food ideas that incorporate the above principles to follow up workouts any time of day, read more.

Morning: a poached or hard-boiled egg with oatmeal or Greek yogurt and fresh fruits.

Noon: a veggie-heavy salad topped with a protein or light tuna in water. Or snack on edamame, fresh vegetables with hummus, or walnuts.

Night: a healthy protein like grilled chicken or wild salmon with steamed or roasted veggies alongside good legumes or grains like brown rice or quinoa.

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