Nutrition Advice - The Best Dinner to Eat After an Evening Workout

One of the top questions from the ladies that like to keep fit : "What to eat as a post-gym snack, also, what about when you leave a workout and it's dinnertime?"

The expert: Janet Brill, R.D., director of nutrition is sharing her knowledge.

The answer: Just as with your post-workouts snacks, you're going to want to make sure your post-workout meal contains both complex carbs and lean protein, says Brill. This combination helps foster muscle recovery, which is a primary concern after the exercise.

Of course, you can consume protein and carbs without having a full meal—so Brill suggests adding fruits or veggies for extra nutrition. Some of Brill's favorite options that satisfy all of the above requirements: a rice or quinoa bowl with beans, salsa, avocado, and whole-wheat tortilla chips; a whole-wheat turkey-and-veggie pita with a side of pretzels and chocolate milk; or a big salad packed with spinach, beans, tofu, and a vinaigrette dressing.

One last thing: While you may be tempted to indulge in something not-so-healthy post-workout, just keep in mind that people tend to overestimate the calories they burn—so if you're trying to lose weight (or even just maintain your current weight), you won't want to overdo it at your post-workout meal.   

Even if you had your best workout, don't forget that body recovery is just as important.