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Protein is a vital component of a healthy diet, and fortunately most Americans usually get enough. But working out — especially weight training — requires more protein in order to recover properly and rebuild tired muscles. It turns out the deciding factor for which type of protein to chow down on could be convenience! Chugging a protein shake is a great way to get quickly digested protein right after a workout, but whole food sources are also great options (and also provide other essential nutrients). So whether it’s in a shaker bottle or on a plate, eat up to recover right.

The Takeaway: Stock up on protein after workouts to rebuild and recover.

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Check out our infographic for tips, recipes, and optimal timing for pre and post-workout nutrition.


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