You've just ripped through a workout and you're thirsty. Not for another protein shake. Not for some colored, sugary sports drink.
No, you want a cocktail that will quench your thirst, cool you down, and maybe even give you a little buzz to go with your endorphin rush. Sure, it isn't the greatest post-workout option, but sometimes you just need to "treat yo self."
That's why we have friends like Jim White, R.D., owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios and the national spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, who gave us the perfect post-workout cocktail that will have you sipping, smiling, and sustaining those gains you just worked so hard for.
5 ounces red wine
1/2 small orange
1/2 small apple
1/4 lime, cut into slices
1/4 lemon, cut into slices
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"This post workout drink will supply carbohydrates, fiber, essential vitamins and minerals to support recovery," says White. Red wine is also full of antioxidants, and according to a 2014 study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, contains ellagic acids, which were found to delay fat-cell growth and inhibit the development of new fat cells.
White recommends drinking at least one glass of water for each cocktail consumed, as well as eating an appetizer high in protein to aid muscle recovery.