What to eat after a workout
Protein popcornMarta Montenegro is an exercise physiologist who created the get fit DVD series 'The Montenegro Method'. She says her favourite post-workout snack is a small bag of low fat popcorn sprinkled with chocolate flavoured whey protein powder. Popcorn is supposed to be one of the best sources of whole-grain, helping to replenish glycogen storage in the body (this assists muscles with recovery).
Almond butter applesApple slices spread with almond butter make for a filling, sweet protein snack that builds muscles and replenishes energy stores after a difficult workout. According to fitness DVD star Tamilee Webb, the sweet apple teamed with the salty crunch of almond butter makes for a delicious, cheap and quick post work-out snack.
Greek yoghurt with honeyCelebrity trainer Amy Dixon says: "I love this snack because it's nutrient-dense and has just the right amount of digestible protein to help restore and repair your muscles right after a workout." Greek yoghurt is thick, creamy and packed with protein - making it delicious as well as good for you.
Sweet PotatoesSweet potatoes contain a variety of nutrients, including magnesium, iron, potassium and vitamin B6, C and D. A medium-sized sweet potato is around 100 calories, with no fat and 2g of protein. The carbohydrate will boost recently drained energy levels and provide a yummy boost after an intense workout. Wrap in foil, bake in the oven and serve with greens and spicy chicken for a well-balanced dinner. For more information about post-workout nutrition, please visit our Sports Nutrition page and find a qualified nutritionist near you.
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