Healthy post-workout eats help maximise your recovery, making you stronger and faster. These six foods also deliver micronutrients that are crucial for muscle repair, says sports dietitian and chef Katie Cavuto, creator of the blog Nourish. Breathe. Thrive.
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FATTY FISH AND YOGURT
Salmon, mackerel and tuna, and dairy products like yogurt are loaded with vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium. That makes your bones strong and improves your blood pressure, immune system and strength, all of which are key to helping your muscles heal, Katie says.
LEAFY GREENS AND WHOLE GRAINS
Exercise may deplete B vitamins, so you need plenty of thiamin, riboﬂavin, B6 and B12 to build and repair muscle tissue, and prevent workout aches. Greens like spinach and whole grains such as barley will help you get your ﬁll.
GRASS-FED BEEF AND PUMPKIN SEEDS
Zinc helps your cells divide and grow post-workout, so your body heals and becomes stronger. Replenish your stores with beef and pumpkin seeds.