If you’re big into fitness, or just like to get regular exercise into your healthy lifestyle, then refueling your body with healthy foods post-workout is a super important part of supporting the body, and for seeing fitness results.
Eating the right foods plays a role in muscle recovery, energy levels, and helps to replenish those depleted glycogen stores.
We are breaking down five foods that help support optimal exercise recovery, plus we are sharing our favorite post-workout shake recipe, so keep reading.
5 Foods That Help Support Optimal Exercise Recovery
#1 Oatmeal Bowl: Refueling with a nutritious oatmeal bowl is a great way to provide your body with some much-needed complex carbs, and you can top your oats with some berries, chia seeds, and coconut butter for some protein, fat, and fiber.
#2 Avocado Toast with Hemp Seeds: Refueling with some avocado toast is a great way to pack in some complex carbs and healthy fat after a workout. Your body needs carbs to help refuel glycogen stores, and fat can help give you a nice energy boost after a workout. Try sprinkling on some hemp or flaxseeds for some added plant-based fiber, protein, and fat.
#3 Protein Shake: One of the easiest post-workout fuel sources is a protein shake. Stick to unsweetened nut-based milk like almond or coconut, fresh fruit, collagen or grass-fed whey protein, and plenty of superfoods like coconut oil, shredded unsweetened coconut, chia, flax, or hemp seeds. Adding a spoonful of almond butter can also add some healthy fat and protein while also making your shake super creamy.
#4 Omelet: If you have time to make yourself an omelet after a workout, this is a great way to pack in some protein as well as healthy fat to support the body after exercise. You can even make a veggie omelet with onions and bell peppers for added flavor and nutritional value.
#5 Yogurt Bowl: Try making a homemade yogurt parfait with full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt to add in lots of protein after your workout, or use coconut milk or almond-based yogurt for a dairy-free version. Top with granola, fresh fruit, and a drizzle of raw honey. For added benefit, try mixing in our Magnificent Mushrooms athletic blend.
Post-Workout Chocolate Raspberry Recovery Shake
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 Tbsp. raw unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 scoop of collagen protein powder
- 1 serving of our Magnificent Mushrooms Athletic Blend
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.