Energy Bars, Raw Veggies and 15 More Foods You Shouldn't Eat After a Workout

You've just treated your body well by getting your heart rate and calorie burn going. Here's why what you eat and drink right after you work out is just as important (17 Photos)

Hilary Walke on Sep 19, 2012 at 1:22PM

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Energy Bars, Raw Veggies and 15 More Foods You Shouldn't Eat After a Workout

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Raw Vegetables

Surprised to see this on the list? Though raw vegetables are chock full of nutrients, they simply aren't enough to keep your body energized after a workout. “Post workout you need something more substantial than vegetables to help your muscles recover, keep your metabolism revved and your energy levels high,” says registered dietitian Rachel Berman, director of Nutrition at CalorieCount.com. If you can add some high-protein supplements for more nutritional power, like yogurt dip, nut butters or hummus, then crunch away. “It’s fine to have a few baby carrots or bell peppers, as long as you dip them in some hummus or have them with a handful or two of trail mix,” says Aronson.

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