Elite athletes know the importance of recovery nutrition. To replenish energy stores, repair and rebuild muscle, and rehydrate the body, it's crucial to get the appropriate balance of macronutrients and liquids. But elite athletes aren't the only ones who need to re-fuel properly after a hard workout. All athletes benefit from recovery nutrition. Unfortunately for some, it's an opportunity often missed.
Maybe it's lack of time or confusion about when or what to eat that prompts the detrimental decision to forgo post-workout nourishment. Enter the sports dietitian. Registered dietitians are experts in the field of sports nutrition who work hard to prepare athletes for competition. One meaningful lesson they teach their athletes is the importance of recovery nutrition. They know the value that recovery foods provide.
I asked several of my favorite sports dietitians to share their favorite recovery foods. They provided simple and delicious choices.
1. Nuts (preferably almonds and walnuts)