As always, the food you’re eating on a regular basis can have a significant impact on muscle soreness and general comfort in your body as well. “My favorite food to help prevent muscle soreness is pineapples but it is also key to have an adequate amount of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrate already in your body prior to working out,” suggests Reed. In need of some inspiration? Here are some of our favorite pre-workout snacks to fuel up before your sweat sesh.
What you eat after a workout can also help reduce muscle soreness, and it’s important to remember that your diet functions as an equally vital factor in recovery. “Two cardinal rules to help replenish the body after a workout is to eat protein and pair it with complex carbohydrates,” Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, R.D. previously told mbg. “If you’re on the go, grab an apple with peanut butter or a hard-boiled egg with an orange–those are great food pairings. If you’re eating dinner, have some chickpea pasta with veggies, which has protein, carbs, and fiber to keep you full.”
Hydrating snacks after a strenuous workout can also help to replenish lost electrolytes and allow you to feel great. For this, Jaime Schehr, N.D., R.D. recommends pickles. “Pickles are an excellent post-workout snack,” Schehr once noted. “Not only are they full of salt and minerals, but cucumbers are a hydration powerhouse. They will help your body recover its electrolyte balance faster than drinking water alone.”
Other great recovery food options include: