Post-workout nutrition is as important as planning for your meals before working out. When you work out muscle tissues burn glycogen – these are glucose molecules stored in muscle tissues.
At the same time, because of stretching of the muscle tissues, it is inadvertent that some of them get injured or damaged. After workout, the body will try to restore the normal level of glycogen and repair injured tissue. In repairing injured muscle tissues, proteins will be required.
As such, the two most important ingredients for an ideal post-workout nutrition include carbohydrates and proteins. And these will be the principal ingredients for your 8 desserts that you can enjoy after workout.
1. Peanut Butter Strawberry Silken Tofu Chocolate Tiramisu
What more can you ask for when you combine two protein-rich foods to make one of the most-loved desserts in the world? Peanut butter and tofu are rich in protein while the addition of strawberries can help you with the antioxidants your muscle tissues will need.
Now add chocolate and you’ve got a really powerful treat that will help you restore glycogen and repair damaged muscle tissues in a jiffy.
2. Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Chocolate Ice Cream
This is quite easy to make. You can even add your favourite protein powder into your homemade ice cream. Stir in some peanut butter and you’ll enjoy one delicious, nutritious, and, more importantly, one of the best post-workout treats you could ever give to yourself .
And the best aspect – it’s guilt-free. You can even chop off some bananas and add as a topping. Now that’s what you call a classic dessert.
3. Collagen and Berries Protein Popsicles
Kids love popsicles especially in the summer. But, you can actually enjoy this favourite summer treat after every workout session that you have.
Gather raspberries and blueberries or any of your favourite berries, add coconut and almond milk, and finish it off with collagen peptides. Blend well, pour into molds, stick the handle, and freeze. Right after workout, you’ll be licking your way to a more sensible workout routine.
4. Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Cups
This one’s very easy to make as there really isn’t anything fancy about it. To meet our post-workout diet requirement, however, you’d have to sprinkle your favorite protein powder into your peanut butter dough mix. Top it off with your favourite nut. Pop it in the oven and you’d be munching these treats in no time.
5. Homemade Snickers Protein Bites
Get some roasted peanuts and ground to a powder consistency. Now add dates, cacao powder and nibs, vanilla, and a bit of salt. Blend well until you get a cookie dough texture.
Now, roll into balls and fill the centre with a whole peanut. Finish it off with a dusting of cocoa powder and you’ve got protein bomblets that will make your day.
6. Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
Who doesn’t love pancakes? And with the addition of protein powder into your pancake mix, it surely can be a worthy post-workout diet, too. You may not love pumpkin as a veggie, but when mashed into your pancake, it can provide it with an exceptional sweetness you’ll forget pouring your pancake syrup.
7. Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies
They’re like cookie dough that you’ve snuck right from the bowl. You’ve got protein powder forming the base. Your choice of mini chocolate chips will surely have you looking forward to this treat.
You can also add in cashews if you like. The great thing about this dessert is that it gives you all the proteins and carbs you’ll need to effect the kind of results you need after working out.
8. High-Protein Cheesecakes
Cheesecakes are always a treat wherever you go. Imagine Greek yogurt providing you with the proteins you’ll need plus all the proteins and other nutrients found in egg and you’ve got a really workout-friendly treat.
Of course, don’t forget the light cream cheese as this will give you that creamy goodness everyone looks for in a classic cheesecake.
You don’t have to punish yourself by avoiding very sweet, often classified as sinful, desserts after working out. By simply replacing some of your classic ingredients with more high-protein alternatives, you still enjoy classic desserts without having to feel guilty afterwards.
Don’t forget to check this article as well which gives you 8 homemade smoothie recipes you can enjoy this summer.