Best Foods to Eat After an Intense Workout

Eating the right foods after exercise can help you recover, build muscle, and prepare for your next regimen. 

Keeping it in perspective

When deciding what to eat after your workout, you have to keep in mind how the whole day fits your exercise goals. 

Don’t forget to hydrate

Drinking enough water before, during, and after your workout can help with recovery and your next day’s performance.

Post-workout foods

When choosing foods to eat after your workout, look for foods that are easily digested to speed up nutrient absorption. 

Protein

chocolate milk cottage cheese egg Greek yogurt turkey or chicken salmon or tuna peanut butter protein shake (plant- or animal-based) tofu scramble

Carbohydrates

chia seed pudding cracker fruit (berries, apple, bananas, etc.) oatmeal quinoa rice cake sweet potatoes whole grain bread whole grain cereal

Healthy fats

avocado coconut oil flax seed nut butter nut