What’s For Dinner After Your Workout?
You’ve made it through a tough day at the office and dragged yourself to the gym for a gruelling, but rewarding workout. You’re finally home, you’re kind of tired and more to the point, you’re starving – what do you do? You don’t want to grab takeout or binge your way through a bag of chips, but you don’t want to spend three hours in the kitchen either. Don’t worry, you can make a healthy, filling post workout meal in a matter of minutes.
After a workout, you’d typically want plenty of protein to rebuild muscle and complex carbs to build your energy levels back up, but if it’s towards the end of the day, you’ll want to dial back a little on the carbs – you don’t need extra energy to sleep, after all. The following meal ideas can help you get the right balance of carbs and protein for post-workout recovery and end your after workout hunger.
Omelet with Vegetables and Avocado
Everyone loves having breakfast for dinner sometimes, even more so when you consider what a great source of protein eggs are! This healthy dish gives you plenty of protein for recovery and building new muscle, along with some fresh vegetables for fiber, vitamins and antioxidants as well as just the right amount of complex carbohydrates for recovery. Add a few slices of avocado for a serving of healthy fats and dinner is served.
Grilled Chicken and Vegetables
Your body craves nutrients, so give it what it wants in a healthy way. Chicken is a great source of lean protein and the grilled vegetables pack plenty of nutrition, flavor and the complex carbs you need to replenish your energy just enough to make it through your evening.
Grilled Salmon or Tuna with Sweet Potatoes
Salmon, tuna and other fatty fish are not only excellent sources of muscle-building protein, they’re also packed with inflammation-fighting omega 3 fatty acids. Paired with sweet potatoes, it’s a perfectly well rounded meal which helps you recover faster and restores your glycogen levels in a hurry.