Personal trainers and nutritionists agree that after a grueling workout, eating protein within 30-45 minutes is vital to building muscle. But what many people don’t realize is that eating protein and replenishing the body are keys to a better recovery for muscles and the body in general.
What are some good recovery foods after running, weight-training or other tough workouts? Prairie Life Fitness Center personal trainer Gary Taylor said that protein shakes and bars are great, but so is a beverage that all of us have been drinking since childhood.
“Chocolate milk is the perfect thing to drink after working out,” Taylor said. “It is the absolute perfect blend of carbs and protein.”
Taylor also suggested foods with good carbohydrates such as chicken and fish.
“It’s good to fuel your body back up to help with muscle soreness and to refuel your energy,” Taylor said.
Some foods to avoid, as good as they may sound, are pasta, rice and bread.
“Those aren’t the good carbs,” Taylor said.
Taylor said it’s important not to skip the post-workout snack.
“Recovery time is only about 30-40 minutes after a workout, so get it in then.” Taylor said a snack after a workout will also help an individual eat less at meals.
“The tendency to overeat won’t be there,” Taylor said. “Just make a post-workout snack filled with protein and good carbs part of the workout routine, and your body will respond better to the workout in all ways.”
| Julie Kuhlman, Special to The Star