You just burned a ton of calories, so the last thing you probably think you should do is eat. Wrong! Fueling after a work-out is actually the optimal time for getting your body ready to rest and repair the muscles that you just put through the ringer on your run. But what happens to a lot of us is that you eat too much and of the wrong kind of food.
Your best options for a post-workout snack is a 250-300 carb snack or light meal to give you the carbohydrates and protein you need to repair your muscles. You want a mix of about 60% carbohydrates and 40% protein with some healthy fats mixed in. Here are some good options:
– Turkey or tuna sandwich
– Peanut butter and banana sandwich
– Plain yogurt with fresh fruit
– Clif energy bar
– Apple with peanut butter
– Eggs and whole wheat toast
Get hydrated too! Plain water is great, but a tablet like Nuun that has electrolytes, like potassium, sodium and magnesium, will make recovery even better. They come in great tasting flavors, and you’ll feel great too!