Food and Nutrition


9 Pasta Recipes That Make The Perfect Post Workout Meals

Pasta is a universally loved and a highly versatile dish, but many will encourage you to take a pass on it because it’s unhealthy. What if I told you that they’re wrong? It’s a common misconception that pasta is unhealthy, and it can actually make an excellent post-workout meal that will help you refuel and recover after a tough training session. If you’re skeptical, check out these 9 pasta recipes that make the perfect post workout meals. Let’s get saucy.

1. Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

“Of course, the heavy cream in the sauce won’t help develop six pack abs, but it does add body to the delectable sauce before you set this recovery pasta dish on your plate…or serve to a date!

2. Tuna Pasta Bake

“This high protein tuna bake recipe is a delicious dish that is perfect post-workout, easy to make and only requires some simple household ingredients!”

3. Creamy Avocado Pasta

“This simple avocado sauce is high in healthy fat and fiber, and happens to be highly addictive. Combine it with a complex carb like whole grain pasta, and you’ll have lasting energy for any fitness or training need.”

4. Green Pasta Salad

“Pasta gets a bad reputation, but pairing it with heavy fats such as lots of cheese or white sauce is what turns it into a heavier, less healthy dish. This recipe is a very green pasta salad, loaded with fresh nutrients and fiber that gives you energy for a workout or full day at the office.”

5. Enforcer Pasta

“This Enforcer Fitness Pasta recipe will give you loads of fuel and fresh energy for you to head out to exercise or perform at peak for your game.”

6. Spaghetti with Spinach & Ricotta

“Not only does it make for a great post-workout meal, it can also serve as a pre-workout meal or as a nutritious dinner anytime during the week. (Pasta lover? This may be the diet you've been searching for.)”

7. Lemon Pepper Chicken & Broccoli Pasta

“Just because you need to eat well doesn't mean it can't be quick and delicious at the same time.”

8. Zucchini Noodles with Pesto, Shrimp, and Chickpeas

“Chicken and rice. Chicken and rice. It’s the refrain gym-going guys follow chest day after chest day. No wonder, though, because it works. Lean protein and carbs will help you fill up, build muscle, and bulk up. But it sure as hell won’t make your taste buds rejoice. This recipe will.”

9. Post-Workout Refuel Fettuccine

“This pasta is your ultimate post-workout meal! With an ideal protein-carb combo, this healthy pasta will refuel your muscles and help them grow and recover, ready to smash out your next training session!”

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Stan Dutton

Stan Dutton

Stan Dutton is a Boston based fitness expert who has worked with celebrities, professional athletes, helped multiple individuals lose over 100lbs and is a 4x world record holding powerlifter. His philosophy is simple: Move well, move often, and eat pizza.

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