5 meals to quickly and easily aid workout recovery!

Post work-out meals | SA Men

It’s all very well hitting the gym 5 times a week, but no matter what your goals are, you’ll need to ensure you’re eating right as well. Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle mass, tone your body or prepare for an event, check out these quick and easy post workout snacks to help you get back into the action sooner, rather than later.

1. A cold smoothie shake for power

As soon as possible after a workout, make sure you get the necessary nutrients back in to your body to ensure the muscles are able to start recovering immediately. With this high powered shake you’ll feel great and will also recover a lot quicker than usual.

The Recipe: Craig Alexander’s Recovery Smoothie

  • Directions - Add to a blender:
  • One cup of milk
  • Half a cup of frozen or fresh berries
  • One frozen or fresh banana (frozen gives it a better creamier texture and helps with internal cooling after a big session where the body temp is raised)
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • A dash of cinnamonA handful of almonds or cashews
  • One scoop of  chocolate or vanilla protein powder
  • A quarter cup of chia seeds
  • A quarter cup of wheat germ

2. Chilli to spice up your recovery

A dish of chicken and chilli will offer your body the necessary protein, carbs and vitamins which your muscles will be crying out for after a tough work out. Chilli contains B vitamins which are crucial for transporting oxygen through the blood stream and into your muscles, therefore aiding in the muscle repair.

The Recipe: Gluten-Free Chicken Chilli

340 g of boneless chicken breasts and thighs
1  Tbsp. cooking oil
100 g diced green chilli peppers
1-1/2  tsp. cumin seeds
1  large onion, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
2-1/2  cups or chicken broth
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 x 410g cans of pinto beans, rinsed and drained

Cook the chicken in a skillet until it’s light brown.