I dont know about you, but for me, the post-workout hanger is real AF.
Im talking stomach-growling, dont-talk-to-me irritability.
Whether you feel like you could easily eat a family of five after your workout, or youre just not that hungry (um, who are you?), its so important to refuel your body with a nutrient-dense snack or meal.
According to Precision Nutrition, by consuming certainnutrients after your workouts, you improve your body composition, performance, and overall recovery.
Right after you exercise, its vital to replenish glycogen, decrease protein breakdown, and increase protein synthesis, all of which can be accomplished through your nutritionchoices.
Alright, enough science onto the yummy part. Here are five foods that should be sneaking their way onto your post-pilates plate.
Theyre easy to make, absolutely delish, and theyre packed with protein.
Oh, and theyre one of the only foods out there that naturally contain vitamin D, so if you didnt get any sun that day, be sure to whip up a nice tasty frittata.
Pair these bad boys with acomplex carbohydrate like whole grain toast for a seriously nourishing post-workout meal.
But dont let me catch you taking out the yolks. Healthy fatsare just as important for muscle recovery as protein and carbs.
There are good carbs and bad carbs out there. Fortunately, bananas are the good kind.
Bananas are my favorite because they really just do it all. From repairing your glycogen levels by being a fast-acting carb, to giving you a high dose of potassium, theyre basically amiracle fruit.
Pair one with some almond butter for a filling, sweet-and-salty snack.
According to , this fishy food hasanti-inflammatory omega-3sthat play an important role in muscle repair.
You probably wontbe able to cook up a gourmet filet after every run, but if you have leftovers on hand, or youre feeling like Rachael Ray, salmon is a great choice right aftera solid sweat sesh.
When I think of grains, my mind automatically driftsto carbs. But quinoas a little trickster.
According to Prevention.com, quinoa packs loads of protein, as opposed to its distant cousin, brown rice.
Oh, and save yourself some embarrassment and learn how to pronounce this superfood correctly.
Say it with me: keen-wah, not kee-noah.
Last but not least, my one and only love: hummus.
If I could bathe in hummus, I would. Seriously, give me a tub and watch me soak the day away in that bad boy.
recommends pairing hummus with some whole wheat pita for slow-release carbs and plenty of protein.
Honestly, Id do an extra 10 minutes of HIIT if I knew hummus would be waiting for me on the other side.