Trying to get that perfect body, or simply just a better body, is a long and dedicated process. You can’t just rely on eating one thing or just “running it off”, you have to dedicate your whole life to eating all of the right things and working out in all the right ways. The sad thing is that you can easily reverse all of the work you’ve done by eating the wrong thing at the wrong time. So, we’re here to tell you what to eat and when so that you can assure you are getting the most out of each and every workout. Because, let’s face it, you deserve to see some results after every lunge, pushup, curl, squat, and mile that you complete during your workouts.
Oatmeal & Fruit
Oatmeal can be your best friend when it comes to working out. Before your workout, have a bowl of oatmeal and fruit to fill you up. The oats will stay in your body, helping you last throughout your whole workout as they release sugar into your bloodstream, giving you that boost of energy to complete every rep. Plus, the juices from the fruit will help keep you hydrated as you sweat it out.
Avocado Toast on Wholegrain Bread
Before you set foot in the gym, you need the proper fuel to energize yourself for what’s to come. A great morning meal is avocado toast on wholegrain bread. Wholegrain bread is a good source of carbohydrates that give you the energy you need to complete a workout. The avocado is a healthy fat that your body will use to get through the workout and is a great source of magnesium and potassium, helping you avoid any cramps that may occur during or after you exercise.
Fruit & Yogurt
Fruits are high in carbohydrates, which as you learned, are great for getting your body prepared to workout. Trying to workout on junk food is like trying to run a car with an empty tank. The yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, is high in protein, leading you to build strong muscles much more easily than if you were running junk food.
Banana & Peanut Butter
If you’re looking for a post-workout snack, try turning to the banana topped with peanut butter. Bananas are a great source of potassium that is great for recovery when or if dealing with any cramping of your muscles. When choosing your peanut butter, make sure that it is all natural, avoiding any added sugars. The peanut butter adds a salty taste and is the perfect source of healthy fats and protein.
Grilled Chicken & Veggies
If you workout before dinnertime, you need to make sure that you aren’t turning to junk food after you’ve done all of that hard work. Just because you worked out, doesn’t mean your work is done. Following your workout, your body should be filled with all of the proper nutrients to ensure that your recovery works just as much as your actual workout did. Grilled veggies will fill up your body with all of the right nutrients, giving you a stronger heart to last throughout all of those miles you’ll be adding to your daily routine. A rich protein such as grilled chicken will give your muscles what they need (protein) to grow lean and strong.
Salmon is another option for lunch or dinner that is the perfect post or pre-workout meal. Aside from its protein helping you build muscles, it also contains molecules that reduce inflammation, helping you rid of any joint pain from the strenuous pounding you probably did on your knees while running.
Soccer moms were onto something when they’d feed you orange slices during and after your games. Your body eagerly absorbs vitamins and minerals after a workout, so eating some orange slices after you exercise can be the best thing for you. The oranges will deliver carbohydrates, Vitamin C, and hydration directly to your system, ensuring that your body feels rejuvenated after a long workout.