After a workout you tend to become hungry. I try not to eat a big meal when I start a workout, I try to have something light. If you have a big meal and you do a strenuous workout you tend to feel sick. Then usually after your workout you are starving, so what do you have?
Protein is important for muscle growth. I have recently just got back into working out but I was lean and fit 3 years ago and now as I got older I got lazy and missed a full year of going to the gym. So I need to get back and I still remember what I need to have and how to properly workout.
The solution to a post workout meal with high protein is … peanut butter!
Protein consists of a chain of smaller monomers called amino acids, and it is a macro-molecule. Protein, is broken down into individual amino acids and these are used for thousands of bodily functions.
If are looking to build their muscle size and strength then protein is important because it optimizes the muscle building process and repairs damaged muscle tissue during your strength training or workout.
Peanut butter contains a lot of unsaturated fat and this can be beneficial to your health. Peanut butter is a good muscle building protein source. Instead of going for the commercial stuff, opt for natural peanut butter that does not contain saturated fat. Plus you can get it off the shelf of any food store or mini mart.
I tend to have either a quarter of a jar or half depending how intense my workout was. If it was an intense leg squat and deadlift combo, then I would have half a jar. Legs are always being torn and definitely feel sore for a few days. If you have the right amount of protein from unsaturated fat then you will feel better in just a day.
Pre workout you can have a small scoop of peanut butter just to sit in your stomach and hold you for your one hour workout. If I am in a rush and did not have anything to eat I will have a quick peanut butter scoop or 3 and then do my workout. But I think it is beneficial. After the workout is when your body is calling for supplements.