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Fuel the Burn

Post workout meals vital for recovery

By Robert Beauchamps

Sure, that slice of pepperoni pizza in the window of your favourite neighbourhood Italian eatery looks like gastronomic greatness, but you should really just keep walking. Do your body a favour. Hold off on the fast-food fix post workout.

If you workout in the morning, it makes sense that the post-workout snack is more of a breakfast. Start with two eggs. The amino acids help limit muscle damage while the vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids help in bone health and overall longevity. Slap those eggs over a slice of multi-grain toast and top with a slice of unprocessed cheese. This will keep you going until lunch.

Add a handful of black cherries to your post-gym meal. Cherries are packed with antioxidants that fight muscle damage. A study in the Journal of Sports Medicine showed that people who drank 24 ounces of tart cherry juice every day experienced less muscle soreness and reduced strength loss.

Add a handful of black cherries to your post-gym meal. Cherries are packed with antioxidants that fight muscle damage. A study in the Journal of Sports Medicine showed that people who drank 24 ounces of tart cherry juice every day experienced less muscle soreness and reduced strength loss.

Sweet potatoes are sweet and savoury at the same time. Plus, they’re a good source of plant-based carbs to help recharge after a long Saturday run. Not only do they contain essential minerals, yams provide a heavy dose of fibre, something that keeps you feeling fuller longer.

Avocados are the green jewels of an epicurean lifestyle. Tasty, fresh, light and can be eaten whole, as part of a nutritious dip, or as something to hold a salad together. A great source of monounsaturated fat that helps repair muscles, the avocado also boasts a bounty of B vitamins that help boost metabolism. All that good, healthy fat helps heal aches, too. In summer, at peak season, add them to your post-workout smoothie.

 

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