Is the Post Workout Window for Real?

What is the post-workout window?

Eating after a workout had caused many debates. Some people say you only have thirty minutes after a workout to eat and benefit your body. Others argue that it’s beneficial to eat up to sixty minutes after, and even some people argue that it’s not necessary to eat at all. Those who work out late at night might worry about eating after a working out at all, due to the fact that they would be eating right before they go to bed.

Let’s look at what is most important. Instead of fretting the details, remember why you would be eating after a workout in the first place. You need to eat after a work out because it’s logical that your body needs to be refueled.

If you are at the gym working out extremely hard, then you are not only depleting glycogen, you are also tearing and ripping the muscles during training. If you are looking to repair your body and build muscles, your body needs the fuel to do so and recover from your workouts. The importance is in doing so in general, and not in how many minutes after your work out.

Protein is the building block of building muscle, and it’s important to get protein after a training session. Consuming protein will help repair and build muscle. But, just as important to muscle building and maintenance as protein, are carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are often overlooked, especially if you work out late at night in fear that they will work against your goals.

But, you must have carbohydrates post work out because it is carbohydrates that shuttle the other nutrients into the muscles. It’s one thing to consume the nutrients, but if they don’t make it to your muscles then they don’t benefit your workouts at all. Be sure the carbohydrates are quality and not just processed junk.

Here is a recipe that incorporates both protein and quality carbohydrates in one after workout smoothie.


  • 3 scoops of Organic Vegan Protein Superfood
  • 3scooplife
  • 1/8 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk (use less for thicker shake)
  • Couple of ice cubes

Blend into a smoothie and enjoy!

This recipe gives you both protein and carbohydrates together. If you do not have steel cut oats to throw in your smoothie, just have a small amount of sweet potatoes on the side instead. Either way, refueling is important and can help you make the most of your workouts.

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