Getting the right amounts of protein is essential in muscle recovery after exercise. Most people think that carbs are the way to go, but that's no excuse to binge on a burger, soda, and fries after the gym. If we want our bodies to function properly and help us in maintaining a healthy weight and level of mental clarity, we need to understand how protein really works.
Why protein matters
The most important thing after anything like exercise is to replenish your body with the right nutrients so that it can recover. Aside from drinking a lot of water, all doctors, coaches and health practitioners will tell you that taking in the right amounts of protein will allow your body to get into muscle building and repair mode. This is because during a workout, your muscles are worked to their limits, which help your body begin to warm itself up.
After a workout, the muscles are ready to begin a repair process that transforms the amino acids (the basic building blocks of protein) into new muscle tissue. That's why immediately following a workout, it is good to consume a small amount of high-quality protein — around 15-20 grams — to maximize your muscle work. Some good post-workout proteins are beans & rice, or some hi-oleic peanut butter on a whole-grain, gluten-free bread.
Where to get your healthy protein
Not all proteins are created equal. After a workout, it's best to get your protein boost from whole foods, and when needed, from high-quality supplements like whey protein powders.
Animal protein: Avoid going from animal proteins that are too salty. We suggest, if ever you are going to use animal protein to replenish, go for lean meats and good fats. For example, a portion-sized burger made of free-range, grass-fed beef (no bigger than a deck of cards) with some ricotta cheese and a colorful salad is a great way to end a strength & weights workout.
Plant protein: You can make a large batch of lentil stew or chickpea stew and freeze them in portions, then serve them over adlai or quinao, after a workout. (Try to avoid brown or white rice. If you must have rice, have red or black variants). All sorts of beans and legumes are excellent sources of plant protein.
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