We’ve all been there. Maybe you’ve just run a few miles, finished a Pilates class, or done so many burpees you want to cry, and it hits you: You’re so hungry, you could eat a horse. Well, at least one of those smaller, Shetland pony-type horses. This is totally normal! It’s your body telling you that your body needs to refuel after a hard workout.
You see, when you work out, your body uses stored glycogen and breaks down proteins in your muscles. Post-workout, your body starts to repair your muscles. Your body needs certain foods to help accomplish this, and as soon as possible after your workout (most experts say to eat no later than 30-45 minutes after a workout). And not just any food, but specifically foods contributing carbohydrates, proteins, and good fats.
Avocados are the perfect post-workout snack because the fruit is nutrient-dense and a source of good fats. Combine it with other sources of carbs and proteins, and you’ll have yourself the perfect post-workout meal.
When buying avocados for the week, you want to buy them in various states of ripeness. A dark green, almost black avocado that yields to gentle pressure is perfect to eat for today or tomorrow, while a green avocado will be ready in a few days, and a bright green avocado with no yield will be ready towards the end of the week. And if your avocado is perfectly ripe but you’re not ready to eat it, just store it in the fridge for up to week.
So what should you eat? Pairing avos with eggs is an obvious first choice, because eggs are a complete source of protein . This “Mexican sushi” dish is not only portion-sized, but you can make them in advance, which means they will be ready for your post-workout nosh session. If that’s too spicy for you, try these ham, cheese, and avocado rolls with a whole wheat tortilla instead of sandwich bread, which will leave you feeling sated and replenished for the rest of your day.
In a dipping mood? Try this avocado hummus with whole wheat pita and raw vegetables. The chickpeas contain both protein and carbs, and the avocado gives the dip a creamy texture.
This tuna salad-stuffed avocado is another good choice. Tuna is a delicious protein, and packing it into an avocado allows you to get a mouthful of the smooth fruit with each bite.
If you’re craving something sweet, make this avocado smoothie with Greek yogurt. Bonus points for using plain Greek yogurt and stirring in a little vanilla extract for fewer refined sugars.