One of the best parts of running is eating afterward. That post-run meal is important because it replenishes the nutrients you lose during your workout and kick starts recovery, so you come back stronger.
But do you really know what to eat after your run?
Your body's favorite fuel source is carbohydrates, and it burns a lot of them during a run. You also sweat out electrolytes, which help balance the amount of water in your body and move nutrients in and waste out of your cells. Then you have your muscles to think about. Hard workouts break them down; protein rebuilds them. Healthy fats, like those from avocados and nuts, help keep you full and can benefit you heart, according to the American Heart Association.
In short, you need the right combination of carbohydrates, protein, fat and electrolytes to maximize recovery.