We all know the feeling: You’ve just wrapped up an exhausting high-intensity workout and burned a bunch of calories. And the second you get home, you’re ready to devour the first thing in front of your face. That’s understandable, unless your go-to post-workout snacks are leftover pepperoni pizza or that spare Boston crème donut.
But here’s the reality: You can’t make progress on your physique unless you properly fuel up your body before and after a workout. Yes, it’s tempting to discard all that nutritional advice because you’ve just worked out. The trick is to replace those burned calories with quality calories, particularly complex carbs and protein. That way, your body can recover faster, build new muscle, and stash away more energy stores for your next workout.
The key to getting quality calories when you’re smash-and-grab hungry: Make your post-workout snacks ahead of time. These 10 post-workout snack recipes are not only simple, but require only about five ingredients (plus some kitchen basics you already have, like salt and pepper). Make these ahead of time, and stash them in your gym bag or fridge for an easy post-gym fuel-up.