I love to workout. It’s my form of meditation and it keeps me fit. It’s also what keeps me and my lifestyle healthy. A healthy lifestyle is not just what you are eating- it is what you are doing to stay physically active as well. After a workout though, it is VERY important to eat something, or drink a smoothie, to help rebuild those muscles you just pounded on, as well as replenish the electrolytes you just used during your workout. The best time to eat something is right after the workout- up until an hour after. I know- many people aren’t starving after coming back from the gym, a run, or whatever it is you do, but your body will thank you in the long run for it. You need to get certain nutrients in your body to help your body after working out.
Proteins help your muscles rebuild and recover from a workout. Your muscles do not receive the full benefits of growing if you are not eating proteins 20-60 minutes after any sort of workout, and you have a higher chance of pulling, ripping, or tearing a muscle when not consuming enough protein afterwards. Proteins that are good include- Eggs; Cheese; Fish- Tuna, Salmon, Halibet; Chicken/Turkey breast; Greek Yogurt; Nuts and nut butters.
Potassium helps restore electrolytes in the brain- which regulate our nerve and muscle functions. Potassium also helps regulate the heartbeat after raising it, as well as helps the body retain calcium, which is necessary for the bones to remain healthy and not break. Potassium products that are good choices include- Bananas; Avocados; Fish- Salmon; Dark leafy greens- Kale, Spinach, Collards; Coconut water- which has a natural source of electrolytes and is better than any sports drink to consume after a heavy workout.
It is necessary for your body to consume these nutrients to fully benefit any workout you have just done. Because I know how it feels not to be hungry for a full on meal after hitting the gym or class, I have posted my favorite post-workout smoothie below. Not only will give you the nutrients your body needs, it will refresh you after being physically active and it tastes DELICIOUS!
Makes enough for 2, or for one big smoothie that will keep you full for hours!
1 Cup Pineapple
1/2 Cup Coconut Water
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt- Plain or Vanilla for some added sweetness
1/2 Avocado- For the smoothie to be extra smooth
1 Tablespoon Flax Seeds
Handful of Ice
Blend together in high speed blender. Start on a low and add speed. Blend until fully smooth.