For some people working out is a way of letting go of that stress; for some, the exact idea is to be healthy and fit. But the only thing common between everyone who hits the gym or has yoga sessions every morning is maintaining a diet that condemns four-cheese pasta, a brownie shake or some warm butter chicken from a casserole right after. So, what happens when you complete your work out and crave for something tasty but healthy at the same time? Carrying your gym sipper with some drink full of nutrients that will rejuvenate your body with the lost nutrients during the work out routine is a great idea to restore your energy for the rest of your day.
Check out the list of the ten best post work out drinks that you can have.
Top 10 Tasty and Healthy Post Work Out Drinks
1. Green Smoothie
Power-packed with all the greens which are a direct source of vitamins and minerals. These nutrients will help your body to replenish and recover from the rigorous workout. To make this smoothie – get some baby spinach, kale, coriander with mint leaves (this drink looks like Shrek) to add some freshness. Roughly chop a few pineapples and a banana and put them into a blender until it becomes of nice creamy-smoothie like consistency. Add some honey if you want and do not forget to take it with you in your gym sipper
2. Fruit Juice
The body loses a lot of water and electrolytes through sweat while you work out. Fresh juice of apple, pomegranate, cherries or oranges can ensure that you get the perfect glucose replenishment after the workout. Fruits that can boost your glycogen levels and provide your muscles with quality protein to help your muscles recover from the long durations of exercises will work wonders. Make a fresh batch of juice, and carry it in your flask to drink out after a session of rigorous work out.
3. Banana and Protein Shake
If your workouts aim to build some muscle mass, then an adequate supply of protein-rich diet and drink is necessary. The good old combination of banana and protein powder can very well accompany you to your gym in your gym bottle. Add some honey along with some almond milk into the blender for the maximum benefits.
4. Watermelon Smoothie
Add some watermelon slices and some coconut water into a blender with some lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Blend till it becomes a smooth drink. A simple watermelon smoothie can help you hydrate as watermelons are 95% water and satiate your post work out sugar cravings and balance your body’s electrolyte levels. This drink in a stainless steel flask will surely refresh you after a heavy work out for a busy workday.
5. Chocolate Milk
A perfect combo of protein, fats, calcium, potassium and healthy carbs is all that chocolate milk is all about; after all, you need to recover the amount you lost while working out. The composition of 4:1 for carbs and proteins makes this drink perfect for recovery as the electrolytes in this drink are very hydrating. Melt some dark/milk chocolate and add the mix to a glass of warm milk! It is that simple to make and easy to carry in your insulated flask.
6. Ice Tea with Coconut Water
Coconut water is full of electrolytes, and ice tea is a good source of antioxidants. These components of the drink are also full of minerals, vitamins and other nutrients that often get lost while you work out. This drink will help you to replenish all your nutrients. Store some ice tea in the fridge overnight, then pour some of the ice tea, halfway through the glass and add some coconut water on top. Have this drink and be refreshed!
7. Greek Yoghurt Smoothie
It is an excellent addition to your everyday drinks if you are a vegetarian or looking to lose weight. A greek yoghurt smoothie is full of calcium, sodium, vitamin B12, minerals, and so much more. This smoothie is filling and will boost your metabolism. Add some of your favourite berries along with greek yoghurt topped with some granola to the blender to get your Greek Yoghurt Smoothie for the go.
8. Turmeric Milk
It is a well-known fact that turmeric milk is being used for years to heal sick people. Full of antioxidants which will protect your body from additional stress, anti-inflammatory compounds will help your muscles recover and antifungal properties to keep you healthy. Mix a spoon of turmeric powder into a warm glass of milk which also provides your body with calcium. Drink it when it is still warm. Don’t forget to carry it with you in your gym bottle.
Plain old water will always be at your rescue after an exercise if nothing else. There are high chances that your muscles are dehydrated after a long workout session. Water can simply keep you hydrated, improve your exercise pace, beat your hunger pangs post work out, and prevent your muscle cramps. Carrying a smoothie in a flask is a luxury but on days when you do not have the time, take your insulated water bottle.
10. Green Tea
Contrary to popular belief, hot green tea is fit to be a post-workout drink. Suppose you aim to remove all the toxins from your body and at the same time to get some energy. Then, Green Tea is the perfect drink for you. Just get some water to boil, along with the green tea leaves for a few minutes. Strain it and pour it into a thermos to have it after 30 mins of your work out.
Waking up early every morning and working out can become necessary if you keep on having fast food throughout the day with no exercise. If you are trying to maintain a diet, become fit, or lose some extra kilos at your will, you must eat and drink right. Carrying your very own sipper, gym bottle or insulated water bottle will not only make you independent but also let you try out these delicious but healthy recipes for a post work out drink. In the end, it is only you who can make yourself lead a healthy life.