What is your favorite food for recovery after a workout?

  • I am getting bored with my regular recovery meal (2 eggs with a salad) and I need some creative ideas.

    KateHough   by: KateHough
  • 23 votes
    maggieleigh  almost 3 years ago by: maggieleigh

    i like smoothies because of their variety: can throw in protein (powder, milk, yogurt), fruit, flaxseed, veggies (pumpkin, spinach) - pretty much anything to keep it changing

    • sgarc90
      sgarc90 almost 3 years ago

      When I am in a hurry I drank Gatorade recovery, colder the better. Otherwise I am all about the protein smoothie

    • Richoman25
      Richoman25 over 2 years ago

      I have a protein shake that also has magnesium in it, post-workout.

  • 14 votes
    BeautifulPsalms  almost 3 years ago by: BeautifulPsalms

    Protein Smoothies are the way to go for post workouts. I use Jay Robb's Whey Protein or ProGrade Workout with Almond or Coconut Milk. Then I throw in whatever fruit I want, grounded flaxseed, and a few cubes of ice.

    The Lean Kitchen Queen posted a real good smoothie on her site- The Thermoccino Smoothie. It's a new blog I found and her cookbook has 21 different types of smoothies that are all delicious!


    • 1 scoop Vanilla Iso-Smooth Isolate Protein (you can use what you prefer)
    • 1 shot of espresso
    • ¼ cup of greek yogurt
    • Pinch of stevia
    • Pinch of cinnamon
    • 5 ice cubes


    Blend and Enjoy!

    Nutritional Facts

    (Per Serving)

    •Calories: 169
    •Protein: 35g
    •Carbohydrates: 3g
    •Fat: 1g

  • 13 votes
    thrivefit  almost 3 years ago by: thrivefit

    Mine isn't very creative. Whey protein w/almond milk and a banana. But it tastes good! Have you ever tried vanilla almond milk, double chocolate whey protein powder and PB2? Tastes like a peanut butter cup.

  • 8 votes
    gdnovey  almost 3 years ago by: gdnovey

    I recommend smoothies as well. After a workout I mix in some whey protein with my smoothie for muscle recovery. My favorite is strawberry banana with a little peanut butter, milk, and non-fat yogurt. It's delicious.

  • 7 votes
    sabrinaclasper  over 2 years ago by: sabrinaclasper

    hmm...depends on my breakfast. I have Shakeology for breakfast. Most workouts that I do...even the hard ones do not empty out all of my glucose tank so I do not have a "recovery formula" or something carby like most might say. If I run....for an hour or more....or have my breakfast too early (meaning it takes me two hours until I workout after breakfast) my glucose tank is empty and that I feel. When that happens I add a half of banana to my protein shake right after my workout. Other then that, if everything works as planned I only have my protein shake.

    • Tamm
      Tamm 9 months ago

      I love the recovery drink from beachbody too. I think that is why I workout hard just so I can drink it. You will love it. 2 scoop's ice and COOL water blend.

  • 6 votes
    arnthorla  over 2 years ago by: arnthorla

    I like a liter of some high quality orange juice and a candy bar (preferably snickers, due to the nuts). Other sensible options would be potatoes/sweet-potatoes and a dose of protein (a few egg whites for example, dose depends on activity). In general the more intensity, the more one needs the carbs, but the protein needs varies less I would say. But it all depends on the workout and the total nutrition of the day, and the goals of course.

    • YankDownUnder
      YankDownUnder over 2 years ago

      Hehe... I often refer to the Cadburys Fruit and Nut bar as the "healthy" chocolate because of the fruit and nuts, or my favorite, Peanut M&M's... Of course, I'm only fooling myself :)

    • terrajv
      terrajv 9 months ago

      a greek yogurt with granola on top - yum!

  • 5 votes
    codemonkey2841  over 2 years ago by: codemonkey2841

    Peanut Butter Smoothie!

  • 4 votes
    andysmith  almost 3 years ago by: andysmith

    I like sweet potato and some type of protein (could be meat, shake, etc.)

  • 4 votes
    jorn  over 2 years ago by: jorn

    I grab a blender and drop in:

    • 4-6 ice cubes
    • a banana
    • Protein powder (chocolate is my fave!)

    My body thanks me. :)

  • 4 votes
    dsansoucy  about 2 years ago by: dsansoucy

    Organic plain yogurt with nuts, maple sirup and fruits (banana, pear or berries)

    • dsansoucy
      dsansoucy about 2 years ago

      I'd add make sure to follow this ration for your post workout recovery food :
      carbs to protein ratio of 3 to 1

  • 3 votes
    sbrobin  almost 3 years ago by: sbrobin

    It's a bit expensive, but I like Beachbody's Shakeology.

  • 3 votes
    musix220  over 2 years ago by: musix220

    I follow the rule that whatever it is it has to have 5 things: water, good fat, complex carbs, protein, fruit or veggie. With that formula I know my body will get what it needs and the possibilities are endless.

  • 3 votes
    willywalter  over 2 years ago by: willywalter

    I like yogurt smoothies. With a hand-blender, I blend one cup of Fage Total 0% greek yogurt (They sell this in Hawaii at Costco and Sams Club), one cup of strawberries, one cup of mixed berries (Blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry), a little squeeze of honey, and about a quarter/half scoop of protein powder. It tastes Ono (pronounced oh-no, hawaiian word for delicious), fills you up, and has a high protein content (around 30g).

  • 2 votes
    seeEricaRun  over 2 years ago by: seeEricaRun

    Chocolate milk: http://blogs.webmd.com/health...

    (Or just Google "chocolate milk recovery")

    They're easy to buy/carry while I'm out on a run, and there is no preparation required!

  • 2 votes
    Maaike  about 2 years ago by: Maaike

    Cornflakes with non fat milk or a banana.

  • 1 vote
    mashapic  over 1 year ago by: mashapic

    eas protein shake :)

  • 0 votes
    michaelk  over 1 year ago by: michaelk

    I just eat whatever I was gonna eat, but I tend to workout before a meal.

  • 0 votes
    kellylutz18065  over 1 year ago by: kellylutz18065

    I have a nutribullet so I make all sorts of drinks and add almonds, walnuts, greek yogurt, cottage cheese or protein powder to my spinach, kale, banana, mango, berry smoothies.

  • 0 votes
    Kevoie  over 1 year ago by: Kevoie

    I like Mike's Mix Recovery drink. I mix it in a magic bullet with non fat milk and sometimes frozen strawberries. It has a the consistency and taste of chocolate milk. The company is very efficient at answering any questions you may have. It's a less expensive alternative to many other recovery drinks and it has no filler ingredients, only what your body needs after a workout. There is even a reference on the Mike's Mix website that gives detailed serving size recommendations categorized by gender, fitness goals and duration of exercise.

  • 0 votes
    terpgomer  over 1 year ago by: terpgomer

    My favorite snack, which I eat sometimes as a recovery meal, is 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with chocolate milk. Now let me explain.
    4 slices Sara Lee bread
    1 1/2 servings PB2
    2 tbsp Sugar free Polaner all fruit
    16 oz Hood Calorie Countdown
    2 tbsp sugar-free chocolate syrup
    338 calories, 62g carbs 4g fat 32g protein 100% yummy

  • 0 votes
    sld21  about 1 year ago by: sld21

    Steak and Mashed cauliflower!

  • 0 votes
    daedalus3050  6 months ago by: daedalus3050

    I like a good shake: protein powder, milk, fresh strawberries, frozen mixed berries, a banana and either walnuts or almonds

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