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What is your post-workout meal?


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OK. Sorry for all the questions, but I just think too much I guess.

Post-workout FBB suggests a protein shake with some fruit in it or something along those lines.

I have a few issues. I don't really want to use protein powders, because I'd rather get it from more natural sources and I think its fairly costly. Also, I know I have looked at some shake companies like Visalus and a lot of the powders have the "may contain fish and seafood" note on them. That is really serious for me because fish and seafood create a super GI reaction for me and let's just say that there is nothing left in my stomach when I am done, and I can't eat properly for a day after, all I eat is toast and crackers.

So I would maybe have to have a vegan protein or pay more for one made on an exclusive line away from all the fishes (why would you powder a fish anyways?)

 

So I want to know what you have post-workout as a protein source.

Today I had 1/2 cup cottage cheese (14 g protein) and some crackers because I wanted them and I know I should have some carbs. Might go grab a chunk of cucumber just cuz I can lol.  Is that enough? I know one scoop of powder is in the 20-25 g of protein so I had just over half that.

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Today it was fish and chicken+broccoli. Yesterday it was steak and eggs. When I'm in a rush, I have a protein shake, but I usually have fish or a burger.

I use Designer Whey Aria Chocolate protein....I am sure it's vegetarian, possibly vegan. I am gluten free and it had one of the simplest ingredient lists ...and NO splenda (sucralose), it's soy based.

Whey is not vegan.

Original Post by smashley23:

Whey is not vegan.

Whey is also not soy based. Clearly poster has no idea what they are talking about lol

I'm training for a 3 mile swim this fall, and after doing my long pool sets, I pretty much want to eat everything in the house.  I do MUCH better if I eat a protein-dense snack within an hour after exercise.  I was trying different protein bars, but they honestly all tasted so disgusting and fake to me, it wasn't working.  

Then I discovered tempeh - AMAZING!  It's nutty and delicious (at least I think so) and packs in a lot of protein for the calories.  I cut up a half-serving block and eat it with a few triscuits and a laughing cow wedge.  I love it.

Visalus isn't a nutritional company, they're a pyramid scheme disguised as a business using their shakes and crap as their fig leaf of respectability for their real objecitve which is to suck as much money out of the poor, deluded fools who think they're involved with a real business rather than a pyramid scheme.

I usually just point people to the milk section of the grocery store - 500 ml of ready made chocolate milk has about 20g of proteins and 80g of carbs in the 4:1 carbs:protein ratio that's optimal for post-workout recovery. Chocolate milk is cheap, convenient and available practically everywhere, chug a large carton (5dl) after your workout and you're good until your next solid meal.

If you train someplace where the milk is out of range or you can't refrigerate it then a protein powder may be a convenience - chicken breast in a ziplock bag gets pretty nasty and warm chocolate milk just doesn't taste right so any random whey/casein-based product off the nearest shelf can come in handy in that case. Some of the cheapest brands taste like chalk flavored with artificial sweetener and chemicals so you may want to shop around a little.

 Most of the time store-brand protein powder is just as good if not better than the name-brand, but some of the really cheap ones are based around Chinese imports and China is notoriously unreliable when it comes to manufacturing practices for foodstuffs so read the label. I've encountered brands that came highly recommended but had the mixing quality of gravel and sat in my stomach like I'd swallowed a lump of concrete, so don't buy the 25lbs sack the first time you try a brand :)

 Other than trying for melamine-free versions and the mixing quality of the protein there isn't really all that much to differentiate between brands despite the efforts to make the packaging really flashy and colorful, and in any event it should only be a backup for when you can't get to the chocolate milk and real food ;)

I've been having a protein shake after my lifting session for the past 3 months or so. I started using Isopure because I tried it at the gym and it tasted fine. I add a banana and peanut butter to round out fat and carbs.

Since then I've shopped around and found that (as Melkor suggests) there's not a big difference between store brands and name brands. I'm eating just over 3,000 calories a day and trying to get 150-200 grams of protein so protein bars and shakes come in pretty handy.

Hi.  I have been having a banana and a high protein muffin and then once I get home (it is a 2.5 mile walk) I have a egg white omelette (with one or two yolks).  I read somewhere that whey protein is easier to digest for the body and after a lifting session you need an easily digestible protein source.  Before I go to bed I then eat my cottage cheese because it is a different protein source that is longer lasting.

I LOVE the chocolate milk idea. I am really into dairy products so I see no reason to use whey powder when I can just drink milk and eat cottage cheese :)

Thanks everyone.

And I was just using Visalus as an example as my friend sells it and wanted to give me a sample but I noticed the allergens (luckily) before I tried it.

Aria has soy protein in it also. Clearly you are not aware of it.

The poster isn't vegan just looking for something without fish/seafood
Hello Friend's I full agree with you.  anya1229:

Aria has soy protein in it also. Clearly you are not aware of it.

The poster isn't vegan just looking for something without fish/seafood

 

I've been having 1 c greek yogurt (vanilla) with some sort of fruit (1/2 c) and Kashi go lean crisp 3/4 c.  This gives me 62 g carb and 31 g protein.... and it fills me up for 3 to 4 hours. 

Original Post by anya1229:

I use Designer Whey Aria Chocolate protein....I am sure it's vegetarian, possibly vegan.

No it's not possibly vegan.  Maybe you should read what you write.  DERP.

You might want to read into this article to have another option on your post workout meal. Hope you will like it. I think its really yummy and would really replenish your energy.

Because if we don't get our post-workout nutrition right on point then we where are we going to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

not srs

Original Post by hello_sunshine2:

You might want to read into this article to have another option on your post workout meal. Hope you will like it. I think its really yummy and would really replenish your energy.

Great article, but unfortunately not what I was looking for. I think I should have said "snack" rather than meal. I have chicken and veg most nights for dinner (as salmon and tuna are not an option for me) but I am looking for something more in the 200 cals range for post workout, and that won't fill me up too much as I tend to work out, have my snack, and then start making dinner.

 

Also - how soon should I be having this after the workout? I know alot of people suggest starting your shake right away after the workout but I am not going to do the shake thing, too much chance of allergens and the websites of the manufacturers don't have any of that info available which makes me scared.

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