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4 Protein-Packed Post-Workout Meals

The Most Important Meal Of The Day!

Posted by Dan_Smith - December 19th, 2017

Looking for a post-workout meal full of protein and healthy goodness? You’re in the right place! To pack on the muscle, it’s best to eat after exercise, so your body can absorb the protein, helping you to bulk up. Supplements, such as whey protein shakes, allow for fast absorption, but you should only consume these once your body requires the necessary macronutrients. If you are not at this stage yet, there are plenty of protein-filled meals perfect to indulge in after a trip the gym. Here are a few ideas.


1. Eggs Galore

If you are one for some early morning exercise, then your breakfast is so important. For a quick, yet delicious start to the day, try some eggs on toast, but with a twist. Avocado is the perfect companion and has really become one of the top health foods of this generation. As for the eggs, thinking about the cooking method is key to a healthy meal. Poached or boiled eggs are better than fried eggs, as there will be fewer fats. Once the avocado and eggs are ready, simply place on top of a couple of slices of wholemeal toast and you will have yourself a filling, balanced breakfast.



2. Protein Pancakes

An alternative breakfast option to add the bulk is indeed to incorporate some protein powder into your food. Instead of just drinking the same protein shake repeatedly, get creative and experiment with some protein powder-infused dishes. Pancakes are easy to do this with and can be dressed up or down depending on what kind of meal you are after. The bottom line is that classic fluffy American pancakes topped with fresh fruit is delicious. Obviously, you do not want to add too many sugary toppings, so to get that extra sweet kick, which also doubles up as a sauce, pour some natural yoghurt over your pancakes, or manuka honey.



3. Super Salad

If you think that salads are not filling, then think again. You just need to use the right ingredients. Lettuce won’t fill you up on its own, nor is it a main protein food. Nevertheless, you must not exclude those greens from a salad. A naturally high protein salad can be made in various ways, with ingredients such as chicken, beans and pulses, fish and eggs full of protein. You may be thinking this seems all well and good, but preparing these ingredients will take long enough. The trick is to be organized and prepare the salad the night before to save time during the day.



4. Let's Get Spiralized

Carbs are needed to release energy slowly and get you through the day, but in the evening, a lighter meal, focused on the protein and vegetables is healthy. Spiralizing vegetables to create a pasta substitute is in at the moment, and the beauty is that there are so many vegetables you can use. Carrot, zucchini, beetroot and peppers are popular choices and add a splash of colour to your diet. For the protein element of the dish, chicken and fish are always a good option. Red meats are also full of protein, but try and get a lean cut if you can.



Conclusion

Hopefully, this leaves you inspired to come up with your own post-workout healthy protein meals. You’ll get that muscle in no time!



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