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Post-Workout Whole Nutrition

July 13, 2016

In order to get the most out of being active, you need to eat properly to help your body recover from the wear and tear of exercise. Your body needs fuel after a workout in order to replenish and repair. Before working out, your body needs fuel – mainly carbohydrates – for energy. Since exercise stresses muscles and bones, getting the proper nutrition after your workout will help lessen stress injuries, restore energy, and leave you in a peak state. At Froozer®, we want to bring you information to help you thrive, which includes post-workout whole food guidelines.

Exercise puts stress on your muscles, joints, and bones. Post-exercise foods should put back what you’ve used up, and provide the raw materials needed for repair and healing. Not recovering properly can leave you weaker. It can also increase your injury risk. So if you’ve had a particularly hard workout, try to eat a recovery meal as soon as possible.

Beyond protein
The best workout foods should include good fats, plenty of nutrient-rich fruits and veggies, and a healthy source of starch such as quinoa, sweet potato, or beans. These foods help replenish nutrients that have been depleted, and provide energy to fuel your post-exercise metabolism. Protein is one of the building blocks of muscle, so it is important post exercise, but it is not the only nutrient needed.

Keep it Whole
Nutrients from the foods you eat are the foundation of the structure, function, and integrity of all your cells. Your body is continuously repairing, healing, and rebuilding itself. How healthy your new cells are is directly determined by how well you’ve been eating. So even if you’re lean and burn a lot of calories, avoiding highly processed food and eating a clean, nutrient-rich, whole foods diet can help you get the most out of your workouts.

Avoid Overcompensating
Even if you don’t eat treats after a workout, you may be tempted to sneak a little extra almond butter or be less mindful of portion sizes. Those extras can add up. If weight loss is one of your goals, it’s important to not overestimate how much extra food you "earned" while working out. If you’re going to be eating a meal within an hour of finishing up a workout, you don’t really need a post-workout bar or snack.

If you sweat heavily, exercise in high humidity, or your workout lasts longer than an hour, you might need a sports drink rather than plain water during exercise. Sports drinks are designed to keep you well hydrated. They also provide electrolytes to replace those lost in your sweat. If your workouts are less strenuous, shorter, climate-controlled, or not so sweaty, plain water is fine. But beware of extra sugar!

At Froozer®, we believe whole foods are the key to health – your health and the health of our planet. Our frozen, whole-fruit smoothies are a perfect part of your post-workout meal. They are:  All Natural, Antioxidant Rich, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Non-GMO, Kosher, Naturally Low in Calories, and Vegan. Want to try them for yourself? You can buy them right here on our website, and we’ll ship them to you. You can also find them in various grocery stores such as Whole Foods (more stores here).