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It's no secret that exercise has full-body benefits: you physically feel stronger and healthier, it's proven to lessen the effects of depression and anxiety, and there's that post-workout "glow" we all crave so much. But there's much more to working out than the actual physical activity. When it comes to the gym, what you feed your body before and after can make or break results you've been kicking butt for. Check out these quick and easy post-workout recipes that will make the most of your exercise and keep you full and focused.
1.) Power Breakfast Burritos
This is my absolutely favorite post-workout meal (and one of my go-to meals in general). It's easy, quick and the ingredients used are relatively cheap and can go a long way. You'll need frozen diced potatoes, eggs, vegetables of your choice, shredded cheese and tortillas. The carbs and protein you'll be consuming will fuel your body long after you've left the treadmill. You can prepare the potatoes and eggs any way you want, but I recommend throwing the potatoes on a frying pan with oil and cooking them on high until they turn a little crispy (you can add some veggies, too, they'll cook nicely with the oil). As for the eggs, I like scrambled with a bit of shredded cheese. Wrap everything up in your favorite tortilla and you're all set to go! If you're even hungrier, you can add your favorite meat like sausage or bacon to really top it off.
2.) Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry
Stir fry recipes are fantastic because there are so many ways to change it up and make it unique. For this recipe, I recommend using chicken (hello, protein!), brown rice rather than white, veggies like peppers, broccoli, carrots, etc., garlic and chicken broth. Cook your rice and set it aside and get to work using a wok. Heat the oil then add veggies and chicken, and make sure you use enough heat so the meat cooks thoroughly! Add garlic and broth towards the end, and maybe a bit of Sriracha if you want some heat. Voilà! You can also add crushed roasted almonds or substitute the rice for your favorite Asian noodles.
3.) Omelette with Tomatoes, Feta, and Spinach
Another simple dish, an omelette is low-cost and packed full of valuable fats, vitamins and proteins. You can have some fun with it, too, and include a whole array of extra ingredients to liven it up: halved grape tomatoes, feta cheese, spinach, kale, shredded cheese, jalapenos, crushed red pepper—the list goes on and on! You can use as many eggs as you want, but I typically use four for a filling meal that includes a side of yogurt and a glass of milk (chocolate is fine, we promise).
4.) Classic Açaí Bowl
You've no doubt seen these beautiful bowls all over Instagram, and luckily, they're really not difficult to make. Make sure you've got frozen açaí puree on hand. If you can't find that, you can also substitute for açaí powder, which will taste relatively the same. Shop for fruits like blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and bananas and freeze them all ahead of time. Don't forget the yogurt, but make sure it isn't flavored—the açaí will bring out tons of flavor on its own. Blend all of these ingredients together until smooth. Now's the fun part: decorating the top of your bowl! You can add granola, almonds, coconut flakes, peanut butter, honey drizzle...but be careful not to add too many toppings, otherwise your healthy bowl will turn into something quite the opposite. If you're still hungry after, whip up some quick oatmeal or munch on a protein bar for more energy.
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