This Thai Salad is a perfect post workout meal, packing all the essentials. Plenty of protein, carbs and some healthy fats. Exactly what you need after a heavy session!
Make a shellfish decision
Pound for pound, prawns are the best source of protein on earth, with fewer calories and far less fat than beef or chicken, according to nutritionist Dr. Rosemary Stanton. They’re also loaded with the essential omega-3s and magnesium you need for post-workout protein synthesis. Definitely worth shelling out for.
Oil the muscle machine
As soon as you’ve finished a session, your muscles start up metabolic reactions to forge new fibres – a process enhanced by the oils in cashew nuts. Tastier than any Castrol GTX, they’re loaded with healthy unsaturated fats that give you energy and help your body to absorb fat-soluble nutrients.
Optimise your nutrients
The traditional Thai dressing adds little fat, unlike anything you’d find from Italy or France. All the elements either serve to boost metabolism or improve the rate of absorption, as well as oxidising blood to improve nutrient transfer between cells. What does that mean? You won’t get that immediate crash after a heavy lunchtime session.
Soup up your fowl
Your everyday muscle-making staple has all the protein you need, but when it’s combined with the cashew’s healthy fats it becomes the perfect post-gym combination: the nuts make the nutrients from the chicken easier to absorb than if you ate it on its own. Breast is best – leg meat contains more calories and less protein, according to the journal Meat Science.
Do the dirty on wholegrain
Bad carbs can be good. If you’ve just finished a hefty hypertrophy session, you want the GI spike from white rice or pasta that gym puritans spend most of their life trying to avoid. The low-fibre noodles encourage the liver to secrete insulin-like growth factor 1, which repairs muscle and speeds up growth.
Give this a try and let us know what you think in the comments!