So you put in the work and are now STARVING! What should you eat post-workout to 1.) Actually REFUEL your body and 2.) Stick to your nutrition goals?
The best answer depends on your workout type + intensity. My post-workout meals are not a one-size-fits-all suggestion, but here is a great tip to get started on the right track – skip alcohol or high-fat foods within the first hour of your workout.
🍺 Alcohol can halt your recent training gains and stall your muscles from recovering properly.
🍟 Healthy fats, like sliced avocado, are okay, but high fat/low nutrient foods that are greasy will leave you feeling sluggish + bloated, not fueled.
The Extreme Cobb Salad
- 1 (8-oz.) raw chicken breast, boneless, skinless
- 2 ears corn on the cob, shucked
- ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
- 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 4 large hard-boiled eggs, chopped
- 1 cup chopped cucumber (approx. 2⁄3 medium)
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes (approx. 1½ medium)
- 1 medium avocado, chopped
- 8 slices cooked turkey bacon, chopped
- ½ cup ranch dressing (opt for one with minimal ingredients that are clean and easy to pronounce!)
- Heat grill (or grill pan) to medium-high.
- Lightly coat chicken and corn with spray; season with salt.
- Place chicken and corn on grill (or grill pan); cook for 10 minutes, turning as needed, until cooked through and slightly charred. Let cool until they can be handled.
- Chop chicken; cut kernels from cob.
- Evenly divide lettuce among four serving bowls; top evenly with chicken, corn, eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, and turkey bacon, arranging each in individual rows on top of lettuce.
- Serve each bowl with 2 Tbsp. dressing.
What post-workout meal is the best fuel for you? Let me know!