Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Best Post-Workout Meal Ever!

I love Sunday morning training.  Sunday is my only day off from work so I get to go in the gym and lift with my friends with no rush to get done and get ready for work.   I also love Sunday morning training because I usually go home and make my favorite post-workout meal:  sweet potatoes and salmon.   
I know it does not sound very sexy, and once I tell you how to make it, you will probably still think it is not worth it.  But trust me, it is easy to make, tastes great, and is good for you, which makes it totally awesome!  
So without further ado, here is what you will need for the meal:
~1/2c bell peppers (I buy frozen ones from Trader Joe's that are already cut up)
~1/2c onion (diced, sliced, whatever)
~1c spinach (Again, I buy frozen from Trader Joe's, but fresh will also work)
sweet potatoes (as many as you want.  I usually have 2-3 medium)
salmon  (Use as much as you like.  I usually buy a can of salmon from Trader Joe's and use that. It is very good and cheap.  I am not a big fan of canned items, but supposedly Trader Joe's has BPA free cans.  However, if you can get it, fresh is still better.)

This is the salmon I buy
turmeric (no idea how much I use.  This is also optional.  I like to include it because of its many health benefits, but some people may not like the taste)
cinammon (no idea how much I use, but quite a bit)
~1-3 tbsp coconut oil or butter (both are great in this so feel free to mix it up)

apple cider vinegar (just a splash - optional)
And here is how to make it:
1) Saute onions and bell peppers in the coconut oil or butter.  Once they are fairly soft, throw in the spinach and let cook another minute or two.  
2) Once these are cooked, I turn down the heat to medium and throw a little more oil in the pan and add the salmon and pre-baked, cut-up sweet potatoes (I usually cook a bunch of sweet potatoes in the oven at some point during the week and always have them on hand) along with the turmeric and cinnamon.  
3) I mix all of this together and let it cook for another 2-3 min.
4)  Lastly, I throw in some apple cider vinegar for a little extra flavor. 
And that is it.  It sounds simple, and it is, but it tastes great and is good for you. 
You can also adjust the recipe based on your goals.  If you are trying to lose some fat then go easy on the sweet potatoes and oil.  However, if you are looking to gain muscle then pile up on all of it.

Let me know your favorite post-workout meals in the comments below.  I always like trying out new recipes.

Have a great week everyone!


  1. Great stuff Zach! This is pretty similar to my post-training meal here :

  2. Nice! Thanks for the link Tyler! I have tried some of your other recipes on your site and they are good. I like your braised sweet potatoes! Hope you are doing well man!