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Post-Workout Meal Ideas

Speak Up: What Do You Nosh on After Working Out?

After working out, it's important to eat something. Your body needs to replenish itself and repair any muscle damage, which occurs when you strength train. It's also important not to wait too long to eat. Try having a snack within 45 minutes of your workout — your muscles are more responsive to insulin and your body can process carbs more efficiently immediately after a workout.

After the gym I always try to eat a snack or meal that's high in carbs, low in fat, and contains protein. My favorite post-gym snacks are a big salad, eggs, or a healthy turkey sandwich. In a pinch, I'll eat an apple to hold me over until dinner. Many experts suggest chocolate milk is the perfect post-workout snack. Russell Brand — fiance to Katy Perry — opts for a liquid snack post-workout.  This week, he was seen leaving the gym in some seriously sporty socks with what I'm hoping is a nutritious protein shake.

How about you — what's your post-workout snack or meal?




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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
This is so odd, but I crave chocolate after a workout. I usually opt for 2-3 hershey kisses or some m&m's.
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 7 years
If I workout during the week, I usually get a protein shake from Smoothie King that my trainer recommended. On the weekends I usually have chocolate milk w/cereal post workout.
mtiger mtiger 7 years
I work out at 5:50 AM and I'm not hungry until about 8. Then I have 2 pieces of whole wheat bread, 1/2 cup egg beaters, and 1/4 cup 2% cheese. I make it into a sandwich. It's soooo good, and it keeps me full for hours!
designwhim designwhim 7 years
During the week I work out early AM, so I usually just have oatmeal and a piece of fruit afterward. On the weekend, cottage cheese or a turkey sandwich or...both. On the agenda post-boxing today? Chocolate milk now that I see so many comments about it!
mcjx3 mcjx3 7 years
chocolate soy milk :D
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I buy a green tea and sip that till I get home. Then it's usually a veggie packed omelet.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
When I work out first thing in the morning, I just follow it with breakfast (usually coffee with 1/2 cup skim milk and a protein bar). It it's later in the day, I'll drink a protein shake after my workout to hold me over until the next meal time.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
I'm really lousy when it comes to eating first thing in the morning, let alone after my 7am maybe a black coffee and a couple of spoons of fat free yoghurt? or a clementine? My dream post-workout munch would have to be oats with a poached egg and apple compote or fresh figs, cheese and ham *drooling* ( I have a crazy palette)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm not hungry right away after working out, either. But about an hour after I'm done, I usually whip up an egg white omelette with spinach. It always keeps me full for a long time.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Same here -- I can't eat right after a workout. I would have water, though. Usually, I wait a couple of hours later, and have a meal.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I usually do a banana and a bottle of water with some Emergen-C mixed in.
becky0125 becky0125 7 years
tofu sandwich...tofu salad on whole wheat bread. Delicious. I eat so much before I work out though that I'm not hungry right after a workout.
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
I can't eat after I exercise, but I get really hungry 2 hours later, so I have a banana and milk.
VeggieLove726 VeggieLove726 7 years
Oopps, meant to say, that I serve the fish on a salad with beans and balsamic w/ o. oil
VeggieLove726 VeggieLove726 7 years
I like to have some kind of canned fish, like tuna, salmon or crab meat, along with a pickle, and if I'm still hungry, I get a small fat-free frozen yogurt! Yum!
michlny michlny 7 years
Without fail...G.T.'s Kombucha drink. Usually dinner a little while after....but always the drink!! A post workout treat!
mek123 mek123 7 years
Since I work out in the morning, I have breakfast after my workout; usually a latte and a couple of eggs.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
Turkey Breast Sandwich on wheat bread is my favorite.
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 7 years
When I was in marathon training it was always chocolate milk immediately after the long runs...and then whatever healthy carbs I could get my hands on about an hour later!!
shiningeyes shiningeyes 7 years
After a workout, I just try to get some kind of protein in me... be it some cheese wrapped up in turkey slices, a protein shake, milk or whatever bar I can find that has the most protein available to me.
tuliprush tuliprush 7 years
I work out at 11am, so right when I'm done, I have a protein shake (optimum whey protein, 120 cals) mixed with water.
Susmita Susmita 7 years
I work out in the morning before breakfast, so usually it's oatmeal. But on Sundays I run an extra mile or so (4.5 instead of my usual 3.5), so I treat myself to scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast with honey!
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