Eating properly after a cardio workout is crucial to helping your body re fuel and replenish itself. The key components of the after workout snack are protein and carbohydrates.
Depending on the intensity of the cardio workout, the intensity of your snack can vary as well. However, you will want to aim to consume 10 to 15 grams of protein along with about 30 grams of carbohydrates.
Examples of some great after cardio snacks are peanut butter on toast, apples and two tablespoons of peanut butter, half of a turkey wrap with veggies, a fruit smoothie made with Greek yogurt and milk and a peanut butter and banana sandwich.
There are many other delicious and nutritious combinations that you can come up with as well. So make sure your body is at its best and re fuel after each workout with any of these healthy choices.
- After a cardio workout, you’ll typically need more carbs to help restore the energy you’ve lost.
- She explains that a light cardio session is under 30 minutes. And you’ll need about 1 gram of protein for every 1 to 2 grams of carbs.
- Clark explains that “after longer, harder session, the ratio of carbohydrate to protein bumps up to 3-to-1, and sometimes even 4-to-1.”
“If you’re just doing light cross training, only a small snack and water are necessary,”