Recover from a Paleo Workout with a Healthy Meal - dummies

Recover from a Paleo Workout with a Healthy Meal

By Kellyann Petrucci, Patrick Flynn

Part of Paleo Workouts For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When refueling after a Paleo workout, the key is to eat within 30 minutes after you’re done to optimize recovery. When choosing what to eat post-workout, you want to focus on that fuel called glycogen. The best way to restock your glycogen stores is through starchy carbohydrates. To rebuild your tissues during this time, you also need those branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which are found in protein sources like meat, fish, and seafood. So to rebuild glycogen and rebuild muscle tissues, a meal of protein and starchy vegetables is perfect.

How much you eat depends on how hard you worked out and your size. Protein size can be anywhere from 3 to 8 ounces for women and 8 to 12 ounces for men. Here are some yummy combinations to add into the mix:

  • Eggs, avocado, and blueberries

  • Grass-fed beef over spaghetti squash and sauce

  • Leftover protein and a sweet potato

  • Salads made with protein, jicama, beets, and carrots

  • Salmon and blueberries

  • Scrambled eggs with diced sweet potatoes (a favorite)