Myth vs. Fact: Who Needs a Snack after Workout?
MYTH VS. FACT
Myth: “I’m in a hurry after practice and can’t eat for a few hours. Who cares, I will eat later”
Fact: Post-workout is the most important time to eat to help your body recover properly. Within 45 minutes after a workout, you want to have a carbohydrate-protein snack with some fluid. Carbohydrate helps replenish the energy you burned off while exercising. Protein helps begin the rebuild muscle that was broken down. Finally, fluids help you rehydrate and replace the electrolytes that you sweated out. Good post- workout snacks include low-fat chocolate milk, Clif™ bar, yogurt and granola, or a smoothie made with milk, whey protein powder and fruit.
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.