10 Light, But Satisfying Dinner Ideas To Have After A Late Workout

On some mornings, the alarm goes off and we’re up and ready to hit the gym. On other days, however, it’s nearly impossible not to hit the snooze button — and that’s when a late workout is in order.

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Unfortunately, a late-night gym session can also sometimes knock off your whole meal planning schedule off kilter. Don’t fret; below are 10 easy, light but extremely satisfying dinner recipes to enjoy after one of your late workout sessions. They’ll replenish your tired muscles and leave you feeling perfectly sated without sitting heavy in your tummy. Bon appetit!

1. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

This simple and easy chicken salad recipe is first on our list of lightweight workout meals. Instead of using mayonnaise, this recipe recommends using Greek yogurt. The yogurt gives a new, unique flavour to the sandwich as a whole. (Recipe From PopSugar)

2. Chicken Sausage Over Whole Wheat Pasta With Broccoli

Looking for something delicious that will help your gains? Try this pasta recipe, with 21 grams of protein and eight grams of fibre. You’ll be full, satisfied, and ready to repair and rebuild those muscles after your workout. (Recipe From Men’s Fitness)

3. Spiced Salmon Kebabs

Salmon is an excellent source of protein that’s also chockfull of Omega 3s. This dish doesn’t skimp on flavour, bursting with spices like oregano, cumin, and crushed red pepper flakes. When you’re craving some seafood after your workout, try this out. (Recipe From Bon Appetit)

4. Grilled Turkey Gyros

For a sandwich-like meal with an exotic twist, your best bet is a classic gyro. Simply whip up the delicious cucumber-melon sauce and then assemble your sandwich. With only six grams of sugar and 31 grams of protein,  you can indulge in this gyro without feeling guilty later on. (Recipe From Better Homes And Gardens)

5. Green Mac and Cheese

Mac n cheese fan? Try out this dinner recipe from Weelicious. Containing both broccoli and spinach, this isn’t your ordinary KD. You can easily make this in advance and have it ready to eat when you get back from your workout, or simply whip it up quick-fast. It tastes great as leftovers, too. (Recipe From Weelicious)

6. Grilled Zucchini Nachos

Craving some hearty bar food after lifting the bar? Here is a healthier form of everyone’s favourite classic pub grub. No chips are needed for this dish – that is what the zucchini is for. Add some cheese, black beans, and avocado, and you’re ready to dig in. (Recipe From Two Peas & Their Pod)

7. Spinach And Mushroom Quinoa

Fans of quinoa will love this nice light dish, compliments of Julia’s Album. The mushrooms and spinach add more flavour and help to make this dish even more satisfying after a good day’s workout. (Recipe From Julia’s Album)

8. Horseradish Cheddar Cauliflower Gratin

This cauliflower gratin from CAKC is an awesome way to end your day after a good workout. This dish can also very easily be prepared ahead of time, saving you the hassle for when you get home. (Recipe From Cupcakes And Kale Chips)

9. Meat, Tomato, And Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Cups

These cups are a delicious and convenient, pretty way to get in a great meal after a workout. This recipe calls for a a decent amount of ingredients and steps, but it is well worth the time and effort. You can even eat these on the go to your next workout, if you’d like. (Recipe From Kalyn’s Kitchen)

10. Super-Stuffed Potatoes

Baked potatoes are always a great, light snack as well. Try this gluten-free version of your average baked potato. This dish is full of protein and fibre, not to mention that it is only 166 calories per serving. (Recipe From Prevention)