Best Foods for Post-Workout Recovery

There are those post-workout days when simple tasks like sitting down, picking up your bag or walking hurt. Muscle soreness after a long period of exertion (e.g. exercise) is common, but it can be relieved with the right diet. Here are a few of foods that could fight inflammation and help you rebuild muscles and strength, and get you back on your daily activities and workouts sooner.


Salmon is packed with almost every nutrient you need for post-workout recovery – protein to promote muscle repair, omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, and B vitamins to boost energy.


Tart Cherries

Alongside the high antioxidant levels, tart cherries also have impressive anti-inflammatory properties. Many studies have found that consumption of tart cherry juice improves performance and recovery time while reducing muscle damage and pain.



A reliable source of quality protein, eggs also contain leucine to support muscle recovery along with vitamins A, E and K as well as B vitamins.


Quality Carbohydrates

Those on low-carb diets might dislike it, but consuming quality carbs after workout has been proven to keep your immune system strong and stimulate muscle rebuilding. Try sweet potatoes, whole-grain bread and muesli for your dose of nutritious carb.