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Energy Bars, Raw Veggies and 15 More Foods You Shouldn’t Eat After a Workout
You’ve just treated your body well by getting your heart rate and calorie burn going. Here’s why what you eat and drink right after you work out is just as important. ~Hilary Walke
The importance of post-workout meals
What you eat right after you work out can be even more important than what you eat the rest of the day. The best post-workout meals combine water, complex carbohydrates and a moderate (not huge) amount of protein, according to registered dietitian Dina Aronson, R.D. Your body primarily uses glucose (sugar) to fuel your workout, so when you’re done, you need foods that raise your blood sugar steadily — not spike it — to replenish what you burned. Read in to find out what to eat and avoid after a workout.
High-sugar energy bars
Energy bars are a great on-the-go snack, but they aren’t always the ideal post-workout food, says registered dietitian Julie Meyer, founder of Eat Well Global. “If you’re at home, try protein-rich nut butter with whole-grain toast or low-fat yogurt with fruit. If you’re on the road, choose an energy bar with 5g of protein and 25 to 40 grams of carbohydrates to replete your muscles and maintain proper blood sugar levels.” Pick the bar with the lowest amount of sugar (ideally less than 15g per serving).
Surprised to see this on the list? Though raw vegetables are chock full of nutrients, they simply aren’t enough to keep your body energized after a workout. “Post workout you need something more substantial than vegetables to help your muscles recover, keep your metabolism revved and your energy levels high,” says registered dietitian Rachel Berman, director of Nutrition at CalorieCount.com. If you can add some high-protein supplements for more nutritional power, like yogurt dip, nut butters or hummus, then crunch away. “It’s fine to have a few baby carrots or bell peppers, as long as you dip them in some hummus or have them with a handful or two of trail mix,” says Aronson.