- We focus on buying foods that specifically look healthy
- But did you know there are some common foods, probably hiding in your cupboard – that have surprising health benefits after a workout
- We take a look at seven of these and offer our own protein packed alternatives
You know those common foods lurking in the back of your cupboard for emergency meals? Turns out they might be healthier than you think…
And don’t take this the wrong way – we aren’t arguing against the power of fresh veg and lean meats. But when it comes to post-workout food hunts, sometimes these aren’t always to hand.
So what should you reach for in these moments? Consider these six…
1. Tinned Beans and Pulses
Beans may be the musical fruit, but they’re also a great mix of carbs and protein to restore your muscles after a workout.
Easily add extra protein to salads and stews – especially important if you’re vegan or vegetarian.
2. Porridge Oats
Ah yes – porridge. The humble breakfast option that you probably hid because of the high level of carbs.
But wait! Before you throw that box in the bin… Did you know those are slow burning carbohydrates? That’s right, they are sure to help replenish muscle glycogen – the energy source of muscles.
So whether it’s a post-workout breakfast or an emergency supper, these oats (or our own for that matter) are perfect.
3. High Protein Pasta
Your body is craving protein and carbs after a workout, and the answer is simple – high protein pasta.
Just grab that pasta for a quick fix – we’ve already seen the body benefits of beans. These work in the same principle.
And the best thing about it? Pasta goes well with EVERYTHING. Add it to any dinner for a deliciously nutritious side.
4. Tinned Sardines
Packed with protein and omega-3 fats, I wouldn’t ignore those tinned sardines if I was you…
Sardines are essential for helping maintain your muscle mass, along with contributing to a healthy heart.
So add some sardines to your next Muscle Food order!
5. Nut or Seed Butters
The amount of times I’ve caught my girlfriend demolishing a jar of peanut butter are impossible to count! But turns out she was onto something…
They’re rich in nutrients, protein and make for deliciously moreish fillings to anything you throw at it!
Don’t overdo the nut butters – stick to just one or two teaspoons at a time for a good dose of healthy fats. Plus, we’ve got a TONNE of different varieties for you to satisfy your craving.
6. Mixed Nuts and Dried Fruit
When it comes to mixed nuts and dried fruits, you’ve got a great energy-restoring snack for any post-workout emergency.
Packed with protein and healthy fats, nuts bring some muscle maintaining benefits to the table. While the carbs in fruit restore your essential energy levels.
Grab a few bags and pop them in the cupboard for that emergency snack attack.