Bees, what do you eat & drink post workout?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

After a workout I like to eat apple slices and peanut butter.  If I don’t have any apples I will make a peanut butter, chocolate and banana smoothie (either using chocolate milk, or cocoa powder and regular milk).  

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Soon2BD-CBee:  Do you do mostly cardio, weight lifting or a mixture of both? I mostly lift weights and do some cardio and I’ll have a protein shake within 30 minutes after a workout. Immediately after a workout, I’ll have a serving of simple sugars (sweet tarts or gummy bears) to restore my glycogen depletion which will in turn help repair muscle.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Depends when I work out.

 

We’ll time our Saturday workouts for just before lunch, and then we’ll eat lunch after.

 

When we swim or go to the gym after work, we’ll do it before dinner.

 

If I work out later in the evening, I won’t have anything except something to drink.

 

I don’t think you really need to have something like a protein shake unless you’re exercising in a really hardcore fashion (like training for a marathon)… unless you’re actually replacing it with a meal. I’ve read so many articles lately that say how normal folks just eat/drink back more calories than they’ve burned, and then wonder why they’re not losing weight. A chocolate bar probably isn’t a great idea… they’re usually 300+ calories. A piece of fruit would be a better idea if you’re trying to lose weight here.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

A chocolate bar is definitely not a good post workout snack. It’s mostly sugar and likely has more calories than you need. You should shoot for around 100-200 calories (unless you are doing serious training) with some protein and carbs. 

Try:

apple or banana with peanut or almond butter

carrots or pretzels with hummus

a hard boiled egg

low-fat chocolate milk (if you feel like you need some chocolate)

cheese and crackers

edamame

dried fruit and nuts

low-fat greek yogurt

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Try drinking a chocolate muscle milk! Its yummy and its great for after a workout! DH makes me drink it everytime we workout! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I usually have a handful of nuts or spoonful of peanut butter before the workout for a little energy, and then depending on how close it is to dinner time, I’ll either just eat dinner right after my shower some nights, or I’ll make some fresh veggie/fruit juice (before I bought my juicer, I would have like a string cheese or something)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Oh, if you like chocolate, a chocolate bar is not exactly healthy but Silk does have this dark chocolate almond milk, that also comes in like juice boxes so it’s already portioned out for you (and easy to take to the gym if you workout away from home), that are DELICIOUS and very refreshing post-workout.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

When I was training for my most recent half marathon, I didn’t eat before or immediately after workouts.

After finishing my 6-11 mile run, I would drink 32 ounces of water, take a shower, drink 16 more ounces of water, wait 30 minutes, and have whatever my heart desired.

It was almost always peanutbutter on a multigrain English Muffin in the morning. Or a package of frozen veggies with buffalo sauce at night.

I stepped it up the month before the race, since I was running harder and longer than usual (40-ish miles a week running), but that really just meant I increased the carbs in my diet from like once or twice a day to two or three times a day.

(I finished the race in 438th out of about 1200 runners, 400 of whom didn’t finish because of the extremely hilly course)

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I will say that if you are truly training hard, such as lifting, crossfit, or training for a race, it’s important to refuel within 30 minutes after finishing exercise. It doesn’t have to be much, but there really is a short window to start replenishing muscle glycogen and fueling the repair/rebuilding. Not only will you perform better, but you will recover faster with less muscle soreness.

It’s not so important if you’re just going to the gym and spinning or working out on the elliptical for 45 minutes, but a small snack might still be helpful in warding off the “I’m so hungry I’m going to eat everything in sight” feeling later on.

source: I have a master’s degree in public health nutrition. I am also a former collegiate runner who competed at the NCAA championship level.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Soon2BD-CBee:  chocolate bar, not good.

i usually drink an isopure, or part of one, because its low in carbs, calories and sugars but super high in protein. if i’m starving i eat a banana, luna bar or clif bar to hold me until dinner.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have a protein shake- I like the chocolate Isopure.  One scoop is 25g of protein!

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