Working out is a great start to the day. You leave your morning gym session ready to tackle the day with the post-workout energy boost we all love.
To keep your energy levels up and fuel those muscles you’ve just worked out you need to eat a healthy, protein-packed breakfast. Too often after a workout we skip breakfast or grab a quick pastry.
Whether you are a seasoned bodybuilder or trying your first fitness class, consuming protein after a workout is essential to keep your body healthy and strong.
Why Protein Is Important After Working Out
Exercise breaks down muscle protein which your body naturally repairs over time. Foods high in protein provide amino acids, the essential building blocks for repairing and building muscle.
More protein in your diet speeds up the repairing process; around 20-40 grams of protein post-workout is ideal for a quick recovery.
The easy recipes below will also keep you feeling full and energised for longer so you won’t be tempted to reach for a midmorning muffin.
Easy High-Protein Breakfasts For A Post Fitness Class Feed
1. Greek Yoghurt With Banana, Nuts And Oats
With 12-15 grams of protein per 125g serving, Greek yoghurt is a great protein source. Add nuts and oats for flavour, fibre and extra protein then slice a banana on top. Throw in ripe blueberries for added antioxidants and strawberries for carbohydrates.
2. Protein Pancakes
Using egg whites, mashed banana and protein powder in place of sugar and flour will satisfy a sweet tooth – try a dollop of Greek yoghurt and natural honey on top. For a savoury option use buckwheat flour with spinach and a poached egg. Two delicious pancake recipes high in protein, low in fat and carbs.
3. Spinach Frittata
If you’re short on time in the mornings you can prepare a protein-packed frittata on the weekend to serve in portions after a workout. Add in a healthy serving of tomato and mushroom, using egg whites as a protein source. Ricotta adds a lovely texture and flavour as it melts as well.
4. Scrambled Eggs With Mushroom And Greens
One of the quickest high-protein breakfasts to whip up after a fitness class. Spinach is an excellent source of fibre and protein. Serve on a slice of wholegrain toast and you’ve got a delicious, healthy meal in a few minutes.
An easy one-pan dish based on Middle Eastern spiced tomato and poached eggs. Make it your own with your favourite high protein foods like mushroom, spinach or chicken. Serve with wholegrain pita or toast and you’re set for the morning.
6. High Protein Smoothie
An easy breakfast you can make in minutes and take with you. Blend Greek yoghurt, oats, protein powder and fruits like banana and blueberry. For a different flavour packed with protein try natural peanut butter, honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Will Protein Give Me Big Bodybuilder Muscles?
There is a misconception that a high protein meal will build big muscles. For bodybuilders targeting muscle growth then protein certainly helps, but it also works to repair your body after a fitness class focussed on core strength and tone.
The Most Important Meal Of The Day
Your body won’t get the macronutrients it needs from a chocolate croissant! Try these easy, healthy recipes for a great start to the day after a bodybuilding session or fitness class at Surge Fitness.