Whether you care about meal timing or not, there’s something satisfying about coming home from a hard day in the gym and digging into something substantial.
I lift in the mornings, before breakfast, so when I come home I like to put together a hot breakfast with plenty of protein and carbs:
half a cup of plain rolled oats
one packet of maple brown sugar flavoured oatmeal
half a cup of fruit, usually frozen raspberries
one cup of whole milk
...all combined in an extra-large coffee mug and microwaved on half power for five minutes (to avoid splashing)
But then sometimes I lift in the evening, because there’s a coached 6pm session at a gym that’s a bit farther from my house. On the way home, my car steers itself (weird, right?) into the parking lot of a Subway and before I know it I have ordered a six-inch Subway Club with double meat, American cheese, spinach, red onions and mayo. There’s 37 grams of protein in that big boi, and sometimes I’ll even get a footlong and save the other half for later.
Our Managing Editor Virginia has a great post-lifting meal, and recently discovered another:
Someone I know swears by a ‘sushi cup’ this restaurant nearby does (basically a coffee cup with rice, spicy tuna, veggies etc) — I tried it once post-deadlifts and it truly was perfect.
Realistically, since I get home from lifting late, ‘entire container of cottage cheese with flax seeds, maybe almonds, some kind of cracker or carb’ is my go-to.
A Lifehacker staffer who wishes to remain anonymous says that they sometimes have a bowl of chicken and rice and veggies, but their true go-to lifting meal is as follows:
Out of pure laziness, I will resort to a hot pocket.
I inquired about flavour. Ham and cheese, they said, or pepperoni. This unnamed source seemed to think a hot pocket is a slightly embarrassing choice, but I fully endorse Hot Pockets. They are full of melty cheese, so they cannot be bad. They are a hack.
What about you? Do you go for a simple protein shake? Have something gourmet that you meal-prep just for the occasion? Or do you have a cheesy carby fast food favourite? Let us know, and please divulge your recipes if you have ’em!