A Healthy Humpday Tip to Keep You Humping Happily:
Eat Cheese After You Work Out
So you’ve just cardio-blasted your way through Drake’s mixtape and now you’re ready to refuel. You think to yourself, “I can eat whatever I want because I worked out and I’m awesome and a better person because I exercise and I’m also magic.” Woah man, you need to check yourself, cause your jazzercise routine isn’t going to save your ass from fattening under the weight of binge eating. While you do need to eat after strenuous exercise in order to replenish nutrients, where you get those calories matters. If you voraciously go after a burger and fries with soda after you work out, your whole work out will be wasted. As my favorite youtube trainer Coach Kozack says, “Abs are made in the kitchen, not just in the gym.” One of the best foods to eat after a work out is high-quality cheese.
Your post-workout meal should include carbohydrates, protein, and fluids. Your muscles rely on carbohydrates for quick energy. You need protein for your muscles and for your blood cells, which transport nutrients and oxygen to your exerted muscles. Of course, you must stay hydrated to keep your body performing at its best. Rather than drink a sugary sports drink or snack bar, try getting your post-workout fuel from dairy and plants. Cheese is replete with “proteins, bioactive peptides, amino acids, fat, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.” Refresh yourself with a yogurt and strawberry smoothie bowl or snack on a cheese-stuffed sweet potato. If you’re craving extra carbs, melt some gouda onto your avocado toast. Fat can slow your digestion, so avoid excessive butter and choose cheese that’s lower in fat, like fresh cheese and camembert. By all means, still eat foods that are higher in saturated fat, just not immediately following your work out.