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Post-Workout Foods

America can learn a lot from my dog.

He loves to exercise, and his favorite foods are carrots and kale stems.
(Of course, my dog also eats dried worms and barks when nobody’s there… so maybe he’s not quite as smart as he seems.)

Do you exercise with your pet?

Although Molly enjoys her daily walks, she’s much too slow (and old) to run. But Henry lives to run! Sometimes, especially on my rest days, I’ll take him out for a short jog (20-30ish minutes?). Yesterday, we went out for an evening jaunt, after which we both refueled. My post-run meal:

ginger curry

Peach-Ginger Curry

I added water chestnuts this time, as well as extra fresh ginger. I *heart* fresh ginger!! The fun background is actually courtesy of a piece of scrapbook paper. Luckily, the one shot came out well; I was too hungry to mess around with taking tons of photos! With my curry, I tried a new product:


Because I find Ezekiel bread to be on the dry side, I figured their English Muffins would be no different. Therefore, I’ve avoided purchasing these in the past. But the store was out of Rudi’s, and I really wanted an emuff. Twas fate!

These muffins are the antithesis of dry! I didn’t even use the Soggy Muffin Trick! As it turns out, I like ‘em even better than Rudi’s.

Normally, my post-workout cravings are for sweet, breakfast-y foods, such as oatmeal, pancakes, or chocolate.  (Wait, chocolate’s a breakfast food? Um yes; yes of course.) But that’s probably because I usually run in the mornings. Yesterday, I was craving dinner. So the curry and squishy, soft muffin were perfect.  Henry gnawed on something a little more… tough:


Yum yum yummy. Great for re-fueling from vigorous running barking at mailmen. (Poor mailmen.) His look says, “Don’t you dare steal my rawhide.” No worries, Henry-man. It’s all yours!


Question of the Day:
What are your favorite post-workout things to eat?

Lately, I’ve been eating a lot of Blueberry Muffin Bowls.
Regardless of the time, I always crave carbs, post-workout. Hopefully I’ll never crave rawhides!

Published on January 30, 2011

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  1. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    DEFS lovin some post fuel curry.. curry in a hurry!
    my fav post workout treats are fruits, green monsters…. ANd larabars… things with carbs to replenish my glycogen levels. :O
    i would say oats.. but i eat those BEFORE i workout 😉

  2. Tricia says

    Lol, i need protein and fat after my workout so i go for nuts or lunabars. Nothing to filling, cuz i’m never really hungry after i run.

  3. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn says

    Lately all I crave post workout is one of my Cookie Dough Bowls!! I can’t get enough of them, it is like crack on a spoon.

    This curry sounds so yummy! I can’t wait to try it, slash I will be adding LOTS of garam masala, I have been craving Indian food lately:)

  4. abby says

    oatmeal. oatmeal. and more oatmeal :). as i wrote above, i love your cookie dough oatmeal especially. but any oatmeal, really :).

  5. Molly says

    Umm post workout I crave absolutely random things. Usually frozen bananas or a fresh salad. Maybe it is my bodies way of replenishing list fluids? Haha

  6. Gen says

    I usually crave carbs in a major way, but not until a couple of hours after my workout. Oh and salt. lots of bread with salt on it. and chocolate, but I crave that all of the time anyway! =P

  7. Picky Nicky says

    After a run I absolutely love having an apple (which I slice and freeze for a few minutes) dipped in thinned out peanut butter with some mixed spice. It’s so good and always hits the spot 🙂

  8. Emma says

    I don’t work out… I normally just go for long walks but haven’t been able to because it is just to cold! When I do exercise I just like something light, like and apple or salad.

  9. rebecca lustig says

    ive been LOVING ginger this season.. but the addition of peach?! so interesting, i’ll have to try it sometime soon.

    post workout i love carbs! usually something a little sweet and salty like kettle/popcorn.. although recently i’ve been turning to apples!

  10. Elizabeth says

    I usually DON’T crave sweet foods after working out! In fact, it’s probably the only time I don’t crave them!

  11. Allison @ Happy Tales says

    Happy looooves carrots! I haven’t tried out kale on her, though… but it’s so funny b.c. everyone says “yep, she’s def. your dog if she loves carrots!”

    Just curiuos, how far our your typical runs? Happy is only 7 months old, but I’ve taken her out on a run before and she LOVES loves LOVES it! She will definitely be a good runner, I think, when she’s old enough.

    Post run I usually go for combo of carbs/protien. Like piece of bread with peanutbutter….apple with peanutbutter… but I also can stomach this before a run, too. I think i just like the combo a lot… so I eat it alot! I really like PB 🙂

    Oh! I know your an animal lover, so I wanted to let you know I did a super cute post about “how to make a Christmas ornament with your puppy” today on my blog, you should check it out if you have time!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hmmm, I never measure. We just run til Henry gets tired, so usually around a 1/2 hour. It’s either my second run of the day or a rest day for me, so I don’t go for speed or distance or anything.
      And thanks for the heads-up! I’ll definitely check out your ornament post! 🙂
      Yeah, normal ginger in the supermarket veggie aisle. I try to get a uniform-looking piece so it’s easier to peel!

  12. Susan says

    I love those english muffins! You’re right, not dry at all! I’ve actually found one specific loaf of ezekiel bread that I like. It’s the orange one, but I don’t know the name. All the other ones are too dry for me.

    Molly is a flippin’ cutie!

  13. melissa @ the delicate place says

    i’m usually a post workout chocolate hemp shake kinda girl. though i do love me some water chestnuts! i was at a salad bar last night that had them and prob put a 1/2c on my plate haha

  14. Heidi P. says

    Yes, yes! The Ezekiel muffins are THE BEST! How could such an amazing perfect muffin have such a dry, terrible counterpart? The bread is not even worth consuming in my opinion. 🙁

    The curry dish looks fantastic! Must try. Thanks, Katie!

    • Elizabeth says

      I hate Ezekiel bread for its dryness, which is why I’ve never even thought to try the english muffins. Now I’ll have to! 🙂

  15. Sabine @ thefruitpursuit says

    Haha oh no I would never take my bull terrier out for a run. He’d run amock. WOULD be a good workout though, running after him or getting him to come along by pulling the leash :p

  16. ashley@quasichick says

    I am I actually prefer dry breads 🙂 Crazy I know, but my mom used to always burn our bread, so my sisters and I all prefer burnt/brown bread! And I <3 ginger too, especially in my fresh juices!

  17. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    I have to disagree with you there- rawhide treats are my all time favourite post-workout snack! Henry has good taste! 😛

    Recently, I’ve been LOVING your mad scrambled tofu on toast as a post-workout snack/meal! I had it for the first time yesterday and I’m in LOVE (with both you and the scrambled tofu!) 😀

  18. Hannah says

    Henry is SO cute!! He has the most adorable eyes!

    I tried those ezekiel muffins over break and they were delicious. I find the bread very dry and bland, but these were perfect out of the toaster with some coconut oil and jam. They also have a cinnamon raisin flavor that seems good, too.

    My favorite post-workout snack is Seapoint Farm’s dry roasted edamame with sea salt. In a quarter cup there is 8g of fiber and 14g of protein! That’s a really good source of vegetarian protein, and I snack on them right after swimming. Yum 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      O.M.G.!!!!! I completely forgot that they make cinnamon raisin english muffins! I mean, I’d seen them before, but I’d always ignored them because I thought their muffins would be dry like the bread. Methinks it’s time for an emergency run to the store to snag those muffins! Thanks for reminding me, Hannah! 🙂

  19. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free says

    AWwwwww! SO darn cute 🙂 My puppy (well, he is definitely not a puppy anymore…) is too old and slow to run. So I don’t “workout” with him.

    My favorite post-workout snack is a granola bar or a peanut butter ball! Carbs, fat, and protein all rolled into one tasty snack!

  20. Gill (snaxandthecity) says

    I love fresh ginger too! Except when it gets all chewy – ugh.
    Fave post workout meal is a huge bowl of protein oats, if I work out in the morning. However, I just had a french toast sarnie with Quorn ‘chicken’ in it after my workout today which was pretty darn good!

  21. Cait says

    I’m not a big runner but I always love to have something sweet and salty as well, such as chex mix or an orange. I also LOVE to have a protein shake after a big work out such as soy milk razz berries and strawberries!

  22. Lisa C. says

    Like many of the other commenters on here, my favorite post-workout foods revolve around carbs. I also love protein shakes :).

  23. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    My cat could definitely follow Molly’s example and get some exercise! It’s not totally her fault, though..I could play with her more. Anyway, my favorite post-workout meals are either tuna & eggs if working out before lunch or dinner or oatmeal & cottage cheese if before breakfast. Boring, maybe..but it’s good protein!

  24. Heather Eats Almond Butter says

    I always crave oat bran after a workout b/c it’s warm, quick, and filling. Well, truth be told I crave oat bran all the time. 🙂

    I love the Ezekiel bran English muffins as they are so hearty and kind of crunchy. So good with jam. Glad you tried them Katie.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Haha you are so cute with your oat bran bowls! It’s so sad, Heather.. I haven’t had oat bran in months! I need to channel my inner HEAB and make some STAT! Perhaps with some cauliflower mixed in… hehe no, I’m not as brave as you! 😉

  25. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    Henry is such a cutie!

    My fave foods post workout..hmm, for an hour or so after i workout, im usually not that hungry til my heartrate dies down but then…i like to go to town on fresh fruits, veggies, coffee, and carbs! 🙂

  26. Namaste Gurl says

    I love protein- fruit smoothies, veggies/ fruit and nut butter, nuts + dried fruit, oatmeal, and so on after I workout. It’s always different- sometimes I crave banana oatmeal, otter times I want a big, slushy smoothie. It’s all about listening to my body and refueling it properly!

  27. BroccoliHut says

    I eat breakfast right after I workout, so my eats change daily–I almost never have the same recovery meal twice!

  28. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey says

    I love taking my dog for runs! It’s been too cold lately though, so we haven’t been going much.

  29. Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!) says

    I actually don’t get hungry right after a workout. Something about a hard workout shuts my hunger switch off for about an hour. But then it turns back on–with a vengence! By then, any food looks good. 🙂

  30. Vegan Alexandra says

    Hey Katie!
    I’ve been thinking a lot lately on whether or not to put my dog and cat on a vegan diet. I’m not sure if it’d be good for them, since canines and felines are naturally born carnivores.
    Do you feed your dog a vegan diet?
    I currently feed my dog and cat regular ‘ole dry pet foods, which I know contains meat and other animal products in it.
    I just need another vegan’s opinion on the matter.
    Thanks (:

  31. Anna Lynn says

    I often run in the mornings before class so I always crave breakfast foods after I workout/run! I love me some whole wheat waffles or toast and pb or a nice little bowl of hot or cold cereal. Generally something carby. I rarely want “savory” foods in general though. If I could, I’d eat sugary, chocolately, carby breakfast foods all day!

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