Healthy Living

7 Foods You Should Be Eating After Running

Running, be it a casual jog in the park or in a competitive setting, is a simple yet very effective way to improve your health, especially your heart.

It’s free, it’s easy, and anyone can do it. It also has a number of other health benefits besides simply keeping your heart pumping and healthy. Suffice to say, running regularly is important but few know that what you eat after that jog is equally as important, if not more.

But we know you’re both tired and famished, so we did the choosing for you. Here are 7 best foods to eat after running:

  1. Chocolate milk – For those who run to build muscle, a tall glass of chocolate milk is better than any energy drink. After all, it’s loaded with fast-digesting carbs and protein, both of which aid in energy refueling and muscle recovery. It’s also chocolate, so you know it tastes good.
  2. Grilled chicken with roasted vegetables – Here’s another one for building muscle. Chicken is known for having high-quality lean protein. Pair that up with a side of roasted vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower and zucchini, and you’ve got yourself the perfect post-run chowdown.
  3. Burrito Bowl – Typically made for post-marathons and big running events, a burrito bowl should have plenty of carbs and protein to replenish your energy and get you kicking again.
  4. Oatmeal bowl – Similar to a burrito bowl, an oatmeal bowl’s amount of fiber and carbs should be enough to recharge you after a running marathon. Adding some fruits and milk can also make it tastier and healthier.
  5. Watermelon – This fruit is for more casual weight-loss running. The plant compounds in it can help relieve fatigue and muscle soreness. Watermelon is aolso 91 percent water, so it can help rehydrate you.
  6. Apple or banana with peanut butter – They might seem unlikely, but the two fruits pair really well with peanut butter and can help you recover from running as well as control your hunger for the day.
  7. Veggie omelet – Eggs are nutritional powerhouses, filled with healthy fats, minerals, vitamins and protein. Add some vegetables like spinach, mushrooms and chopped tomatoes, and you’ve got yourself the perfect post-run breakfast for early runners.

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