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Best Foods: After A Workout

By on January 15, 2013

The post-workout snack or meal is considered by many to be the most satisfying part of exercising. These foods will maximize your muscle gain, leaving you happy and satisfied.

Chocolate Milk

This is widely regarded as the best choice, especially if you opt for one of those “über milks” with the “perfect-ratio” of proteins, fats, and carbs, but even if you don’t, dark chocolate in general is loaded with antioxidants and “good” fats, so any type of chocolate milk is a good choice. Plus milk, in general is easy to digest and packed with casein and whey protein.

Salmon

Salmon is very rich in protein and omega-3 trans-fatty acids (among the highest of all fishes), so if you’re going to go meat, this is the best route to go.

Dried Fruit/Nuts

The natural carbs in the fruit are easy to digest and will replenish muscle glycogen much quicker than their processed counterparts, paired with the protein from the nuts make this snack a must for athletes on the go.

Hummus and Pita

Hummus is the perfect protein alternative if you’re trying to go vegetarian, or you’re just trying to watch your cholesterol levels.  Go for a whole/multi-grain bread if available.

Whole Grain Cereal

Combine some healthy cereal with some skim, soy, or almond milk, and you’ll get tons of vital minerals, vitamins, proteins, and carbs.

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About Josh Perline

Josh is currently an undergraduate "Computer Science" and "Environmental Economics and Policy" double major at UC Berkeley, working as a Lab Assistant in the EECS department.

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