5 Delicious and Cheap Meals for the Gym that Won’t Wreck Your Results
After a tough workout, it’s always nice to have a fulfilling post-workout meal. Before you reach for that doughnut though, take a moment to think about the calories you just burned and the calories that you will soon consume. You might not be aware of it, but rewarding yourself in a healthy way after strenuous exercise will set you back on your path towards a healthy lifestyle. Even if you are highly conscious of what you eat, it can be difficult to stick with the habit for long periods of time. It can also become difficult to judge what is good or not good to eat.
With a bit of knowledge and motivation, you’ll be able to prepare delicious and healthy meals that won’t wreck your results, and they’re are affordable. Here are a few examples to get you started.
Flavorful and filling, breakfast omelets are rich in protein from the eggs, which will help repair tired muscles and keep you full for the rest of the morning. Feel free to add in a few greens (e.g. broccoli, asparagus, spinach), as well as some colorful red and yellow peppers to boost your intake of iron and antioxidants. Be mindful, however, of the cheese. It tends to be high in fat so use cheese sparingly. Craving an omelet at lunch or dinner? These health benefits can be enjoyed at all times of the day too.
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Grilled or Baked Chicken
Like an omelet, chicken also boasts plenty of protein for post-workout muscle repairs. Whether you’re grilling or baking chicken, it will contain less fat and grease than if you were to sauté or deep-fry. Choose white meat over dark meat to cut down on cholesterol and remove the skin before eating. Serve the chicken alongside some steamed or grilled veggies and dinner is set!
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Start off your day with this light and tasty breakfast. Bananas are naturally sweet so you won’t feel the need to add any refined sugar to your oatmeal. Add a few chopped nuts (e.g. walnuts or pecans) for some protein and healthy fats, and maybe a pinch of cinnamon for an extra kick in flavor.
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Avocado Chicken Salad
Tired of eating the same old salad? Liven up the popular lettuce dish by adding some protein from sliced chicken breast along with healthy, monounsaturated fats from some ripe avocados. Not only will you end up feeling full and satisfied, but you will also help regenerate your body’s needed muscles.
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Lentil Bean Soup
Hearty and warm, lentil bean soup is a great way to receive your daily dose of fiber and iron, which keep you full for longer and replenish blood levels in the body. Toss in a few spices (e.g. cayenne, chili flakes), add in some leafy greens like kale, and you’ve already got a solid supper!
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