So you’ve just worked out…now what? If you are just starting to workout, you should know how important your post workout meal is. It’s one of the key elements to getting into shape. It’s time for your post workout protein!
Your muscles have worked hard and in need of repair. As the muscles repair, protein building blocks called amino acids are needed to rebuild the muscle fibers broken down during exercise. Within 30 min after my workout, I enjoy a post workout protein shake with a banana.
When I first began to workout, the term, “building muscle” sounded too much like “bodybuilding” and I was very hesitate to facilitate building muscle.
Since then, I have learned building muscle is what everyone needs and does NOT have to equate into bodybuilder if that’s not what you want. Also, remember the more muscle you have, the leaner you will be which raises metabolism to burn more calories and fat we all want to lose.
Your journey to fitness does not end with your workout. The workout is a single step on the path. Just as our vehicles need fuel and fluids to continue to work properly, our bodies need the nutrients necessary to improve performance. One of the best opportunities for muscle building is the first 30 min of the post workout period.
So, once I have cooled down a bit, I really like to enjoy a nice cold protein shake with some fruit, a banana is a great choice, but I also enjoy strawberries, blueberries, and pomegranate.
There are many good brands of protein to choose from. Just make sure they have these key elements.
If you are working hard to reduce the calories you are eating while curbing your appetite, the GNC Lean Shake is a perfect post workout snack or meal replacement shake. It has the most fiber in a protein shake that I have found, which makes it a really great meal replacement when trying to cut back on portions.
I found it very helpful when I needed help getting the vitamins I knew my body needed. It really is so much more than just a protein shake.
The fiber does a great job keeping you more full for longer. It is also loaded with vitamins and minerals without a lot of calories. Of course a bonus is that it is also one of the best tasting protein shakes.
I always add about 1/3 cup of almond milk (or any type of milk will do) to it for a little additional creaminess. Make sure to pick up the 25 gram protein variety of the Lean Shake.
GNC Total Lean Meal Replacement Shake, Promote Lean Muscle Tone Metabolism, Mixed Berry – 1.83 PoundGNC Total Lean Lean Shake 25 – Rich Chocolate BundleGNC Total Lean Meal Replacement Shake, Promote Lean Muscle Tone Metabolism, Chocolate Peanut Butter – 1.83 Pound
My favorite flavors are the chocolate and chocolate peanut butter. The berry and vanilla are also good for adding additional fruit.
Alternate Post Workout Meal
If you aren’t ready to try a post workout shake, there are some great alternate post workout meal or snacks to have.
I am a huge fan of eggs and eat a couple almost every day. Intermittent fasting has contributed to burning fat that has been lingering for a while. Typically, my first meal of the day is around 11 and consists of 2 eggs with roasted vegetables.
Sometimes I will add some additional protein to my plate, like a simple, lean deli meat.
A good post workout meal can be a variety of foods as long as it’s a good lean protein. Post workout is a great time to have some favorite carbs also. Such as a heavy leg workout day can be a cheat meal or treat day for you.
Many people love having chocolate milk post workout, but I have never tried that long term myself.
Regardless of what you decide to eat (or drink) post workout, make sure to track your macros to ensure your nutrition is working with you instead of against your efforts.
Do not neglect to refuel with the proper nutrients so that you can sustain your workout routine. Your body worked hard…feed it properly.
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