After each workout I do, especially when strength training, I eat something within 30-60 minutes. This helps me recover more quickly, which means my muscles will be ready sooner for the workout the next day. Muscles need nutrients and with all of the calories burned in the workouts I know I need calories back in quickly.
Here are two of my recent favorite post workout meals/snacks – pancakes and pudding. The pancakes are a bit more filling than the pudding. I eat these for breakfast after an early morning workout. The pudding has been delicious in the warm afternoons when I know dinner is still about 2 hours away. I don’t want to wait that long to eat, plus it is cool, refreshing and delicious!
I use hemp protein powder in both of these recipes. Hemp protein is my protein powder of choice. It is a very natural and less processed protein powder. However it doesn’t have a very pleasant taste on its own so these recipes cleverly mask it with the carob powder and sweetness from the bananas.
Post workout carob and hemp pancakes
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 ripe banana, smashed
1 tsp canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp hemp protein powder
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 tbsp carob powder
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp sea salt
Combine the wet ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. In a larger bowl add the remaining dry ingredients and whisk any lumps out. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until well combined.
Pre-heat your skillet to medium heat and coat the pan with olive oil spray. Pour the batter into the pan (whatever size pancakes you choose). The batter will spread a bit. Cook for 4 minutes on one side, or until bubbles begin to form ontop. Flip and cook for another 4 minutes.
This recipes makes 2 servings.
Time saving tip: prep the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients the night before so that all you have to do is mix them together in the morning and cook your pancakes.
Post workout fruit, carob and hemp pudding
1 small frozen banana cut into chunks
2 tbsp hemp protein powder
1 tbsp carob powder
1/2 tbsp almond butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp lime juice
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
pinch of sea salt
Add the banana to the food processor and blend on high until almost creamy (this is also how you make banana soft serve ice cream!). Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until creamy and everything is mixed. Scrape the sides down if needed. This will take about 2 minutes.
Eat right away. This makes 1 tasty serving.