There are some workout myths that are just plain wrong. One of the biggest ones is that you shouldn't eat right after a workout; otherwise, you'll just erase the benefits of all that work and sweat. As I wrote in my previous piece on workout myths, this couldn't be further from the truth, as long as you snack wisely after your workout.
After a good workout, your body's levels of glycogen, electrolytes, and fluids have been depleted. Restoring them helps your muscles recover and rebuild, which then boosts your metabolism. Eating a nutrient-dense snack also reinvigorates your energy levels, which helps you move through your day, keeping your mind sharp and your body active.
The best post-workout snacks are high in protein (at least 10 grams per serving or more if you've been weight training), complex carbs (30 to 40 grams), and electrolytes. Adding in a healthy form of fat (e.g., avocado, nuts) will also help keep you satisfied for longer.
I generally recommend trying to stay in the range of 150 calories per serving. And, of course, be sure to drink lots of water!
Below are some of my favorite post-workout snacks that combine a few of the elements above.