After a hard workout, it’s crucial to provide your body with some food for recovery. Protein and carbohydrates are the key. Carbs help your body restore glycogen, which is broken down in your muscles when you exercise. Protein aids in helping your muscles recover after exercise. The dishes below contain foods that are great to eat post-workout:
1. Raw Apple Sandwiches With Date Caramel + Almond Butter
Apples will boost your energy and provide vitamins, and the almond butter has protein. Plus, with this recipe, you’ll get to indulge in a tasty caramel made out of dates, liquid coconut oil, salt and vanilla.
2. Raw Vegan Coconut Yogurt
This raw vegan coconut yogurt has all the beneficial bacteria that dairy yogurt does. Pair this rich, creamy coconut yogurt with some berries.
3. Super Energy Booster Smoothie
This smoothie will help you feel your best and is a great replacement for caffeine. Try this instead of that soda or cup of coffee.
4. Raw Sprouted Hummus and Veggies
Hummus is made from chickpeas, which is a great source of protein and carbohydrates. Have a couple tablespoons of this chickpea spread with some raw veggies like bell pepper, carrots, celery and tomatoes.
5. Glowing Green Juice
Load up your body with some green nutrients from cucumber, kale, celery, apple and mint.
6. Super-Healthy Vegan Berry Fruit Tarts With Chia Seeds
Making these beautiful tarts right before your workout will give you the incentive to complete that tough sweat session so you can return to indulge in these tasty treats.
7. Raw Coconut Peanut Butter Cups With Chocolate
The raw oats and peanut butter in this recipe will provide some protein and carbohydrates, while the coconut oil adds healthy fat.
8. Chamomile Ginger Lemon Raw Energy Bars
These bars are not too heavy, since the chamomile, lemon and ginger give them a refreshing taste that you will welcome after your workout.
9. Raw Vegan Habanero Pepper Crackers
Make some raw crackers to munch on post-workout. This recipe calls for sunflower seeds, cashews, tomato, red bell pepper, habanero pepper, ground flax seeds, cumin, and pink himalayan sea salt.
10. Raw Vegan Lasagna With Cashew Cheese and Broccoli Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
This raw lasagna contains a bangin’ cashew cheese made with garlic, rosemary and lemon, as well as a tasty pesto sauce.
For foods to eat before your work out, see 5 Healthy Plant-Based Foods to Eat Before a Workout.
Lead image source: Raw Vegan Lasagna with Cashew Cheese and Broccoli Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto