It’s essential to fuel your body with the right nutrients before a workout, and it’s just as important to eat the right foods after a workout too! When you push your body hard, your heart rate goes up, your muscles break down and you sweat a lot. Now’s the time to feed your body what it needs to help recover and have you bouncing back fitter than ever.
After a workout, you need to eat foods that will replenish lost nutrients and help your body rebuild your muscles to be even stronger.
Start with a basic smoothie base (which is also a fantastic breakfast or snack)
- 100g spinach leaves
- 300ml water
- 100g pineapple
- 100g mango
- 1 banana
(Store any left overs in the fridge in an airtight bottle for up to 3 days)
Citrus – such as orange helps replace water and potassium lost through sweat (replace the mango or pineapple for orange juice)
Nut butter – packed with protein to help repair muscles (simply add a scoop to your favourite mix)
Blueberries – full of antioxidants—specifically the kind that help prevent exercise-induced muscle damage. Eat some blueberries after your workout and you’ll avoid extra muscle pain and help your muscles recover up to three times faster than normal! (Kiwi and pineapple fall under this too, any of the three will have your muscles jumping for joy)