For many of us, the 90 minutes that we spend in the gym can be the highlight of our day. For those 90 minutes, we can forget about the rest of the world and focus on ourselves. The only thing between you and a new personal best is yourself.
But what you do during your workout is only part of the battle. What you eat in the 30-90 minutes after the gym session can be the make or break moment of your day.
After a rigorous trial and error session, we have finally landed on some of our absolute favorite meals to enjoy after a tough work-out. Everyone has a different gym schedule - so we made sure to highlight a great assortment of meals. Some are perfect for breakfast, some for lunch or dinner and some are fitting no matter the time of day!
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Are you the kind of athlete to be in the gym before the sun is up? Are you looking for a delicious way to pack yourself with protein before starting your day? How about a big plate of protein pancakes? Come on - you know you deserve it after your morning in the gym. This recipe from Ambitious Kitchen is simple, tastes like banana bread and if you follow the recipe has nearly 20g protein per serving. Yeah, I know. Plus you can just make the batter in a blender, so cleanup is a breeze!
This one makes our list because of how versatile of a dish it is. Want to make it fresh for dinner when you get home and eat it still hot? Perfect! Want to pack up the leftovers for a quick meal after your workout the next day? That works too, it's delicious when it's cold! This recipe is gluten free & vegan and is loaded with healthy carbohydrates - but chicken can be added to it for an extra protein punch. Take creative liberty with this recipe and add some of your favorite ingredients to make it one of your new favorite dishes.
A gorgeous piece of salmon fresh out of the oven after a long day is one of my favorite things in the world. It has some of the most important vitamins & minerals and will make sure that your body is full of the healthy fatty acids that it needs to truly be Greater Than. Bonus points for being so quick and easy. And if I’m being honest - I could eat the pecan pesto on top of wheat crackers for a snack every day.
Another quick meal that you can whip up to enjoy on the spot - or for lunch while you are out for the day. Serve it on toast in the mornings - a wrap for lunch - or a big bed of mixed greens & assorted veggies for dinner. It has the protein needed to replenish your muscles and probiotics to keep your body running at optimal power. The unmistakeable tanginess from the Greek Yogurt is awesome for cooling down after a hot workout. I add lime and a pinch of cayenne pepper for some added flavor profile - but it’s equally as good just how the recipe shows it.
Every now and then a big plate of pasta is all you need. It’s easy to make - and can be modified to pretty much any of your specifications. I think one of my go-to bi-weekly dinners is something along the lines of boiling a box of whole-wheat noodles and then sauteeing what extra veggies or protein I have in my fridge and put them all in a big bowl and eat it for the next three days. This recipe, courtesy of Love and Zest, looks exactly like something that would come out of my kitchen. ESPECIALLY the precooked chicken sausage part. Most grocery stores carry them in a handful of different flavors so you can use them in a lot of different style of dishes.
These are only a handful of incredible, easy to make recipes that ensure that your workout is as effective as possible. We would love to hear from you! Stop by our Facebook page to tell us about your favorite post-workout meals.
Good luck out there.