Smoothies are every fitness junkie’s best friend. They are easy to make, very healthy, they have a ton of energy and you can create all sorts of mixes without having to research for complicated recipes online. Smoothies are made by mixing various fruits in a blender. It is recommended you also use Greek yogurt and some granola in the mix in order to give the entire mix a thicker consistency.
You can drink the smoothies before or after the workout, as they give you plenty of energy and they are easy to prepare. You can carry them everywhere and you can get creative with it, you are not stuck with one recipe.
- Salmon and potatoes
Salmon is fish, which means that it contains a lot of protein. On top of that, however, it also contains bioactive peptides which help with the inflammation of the muscles and with joint pain. The potatoes (which are boiled or grilled, NOT fried!) contain a lot of carbs which once again help you recover after an intense workout. Potatoes also restore your glycogen levels, which will need to be replenished after working out.
- Oatmeal and fruit
Oatmeal is a great dish to eat before working out because it does not release all the sugar in the bloodstream at once, but gradually. This is great for long workouts because you will not feel drained of energy at once. You will be able to continue working out because of the oatmeal sugar. The fresh fruits are great because they are mostly liquid and this will keep you hydrated before a workout.
- Apple and almond butter
The apple, like most fruits, contains a lot of healthy sugar which, when released into the bloodstream, will make you feel more energized. Instead of going to candy for the energy, choose an apple instead. Add a bit of almond butter on the apple slices to stop your stomach from grumbling during the workout and you are all set!
- Chocolate milk
Although you would never have believed it, there are studies that show that chocolate milk is one of the best after workout snacks you can get. It has all the necessary elements to help your body recover after working out: it is a liquid, which means that it will replace all the fluids you lost after the workout, it contains protein to help your muscles recover after the harsh workout and it is tasty! What more could you ask after a harsh session of working out?