Post-workout food is hugely important; it allows the body to heal, helps you prepare for your next workout and replaces all the vitamins and minerals you’ve lost while you’ve been working out.
Here are some recipes that’ll ensure The Arctic V recover quickly when they arrive home after the face.
This is a tasty recipe combining the essential macronutrients.
This refreshing juice is full of vital nutrients. Pop it all in a juicer, then blend with an avocado to add a creamy taste.
Blend and drink at once.
A great protein fix to repair lost glycogen after the race!
There are some baddies out there that won’t help you post-workout. These are the foods and drinks to steer clear of, even if their packaging suggests otherwise.
Fruit drinks and energy drinks: Avoid colourful energy drinks as they sap your energy. They contain very few vital nutrients and are loaded with sugar.
Too many fats: Avoid fatty snacks and mini-meals such as french fries, oily pizza or fast-food subs and burgers. Only a small percent of your meal should be comprised of fat. And if you are going to eat fat, go for raw coconut oil, which helps absorb nutrients and contains good fats. Your goal is to replenish your body's glycogen and reduce, not add to, the amount of fat your body stores.
Salty snacks: A protein and carbohydrate post-workout meal such as the ones suggested here have enough salt in them to cover your needs. So avoid salt tablets; salt loss from working out is the athlete's least worry. Mineral loss, such as low potassium levels, is far more important to consider. You can easily resolve this by eating a handful of dried fruit or a banana, or by drinking coconut water. In fact, an excess of salt will drive down your potassium levels, which you should try to avoid.
Jamie Lloyd is a multi-award winning health and fitness coach based in south west London. He is also the British Kettlebell Champion and is available for private coaching, nutrition coaching and group fitness training. www.iamjamielloyd.com
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