One of the best things about running, walking, cycling, and other exercises is that you get to indulge in some amazing recovery foods! Here are a few of the RTE Team's favorite post-exercise snacks and meals.
1: Chocolate Milk
It almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Chocolate milk contains fat, protein, and sugars (carbs) that your body can use to rebuild muscle, replace your glycogen stores, and refuel you. It’s also just delicious!
2: Peanut (or any kind of nut) Butter
Nuts contain protein and tons of healthy fats! Most store-bought nut-butters also have some added salt, which can replace sodium lost during a workout. Just watch out for added sugars!
3. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an excellent option if you’re craving something starchy! They have plenty of fiber and are chock-full of vitamins that are essential for healthy recovery. Sweet potatoes are composed of complex carbs, meaning that these tubers have a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes.
4. Avocado Toast
The healthy fats from the avocado combined with the carbs from toast (bonus points for whole grain bread) are a perfect pair to restore you to fighting shape. It’s also a very satisfying snack or meal! Throw on an egg for added protein if you’re feeling adventurous.
5. Bone Broth
Soup is comforting and satisfying any time, especially as we head into colder months. Bone broth is great for bone and joint health on its own, and also makes a great base for more filling soups!
Have fun trying these out, and see which ones help you recover best!