3 Loaded Post-Workout Potato Recipes

Forget the side dish. Make potatoes the star of your meal with these carb and protein-packed recipes. You'll never eat potatoes the same way again.

You've just crushed your workout and, after catching your breath, the first thing on your mind is food. Yes, you need protein, but you're probably hankering for carbs. After all, your depleted glycogen stores aren't going to replenish themselves. Whether your tooth is sweet or savory, a stuffed potato could be the way to go!

We all harp on the importance of post-workout protein, but we often forget about the importance of carbs. So, next time you go to grill that steak, throw on a side of baked potato. Or, better yet, make that hot potato the star of your dish. Try these three muscle-building recipes to satisfy your hunger, kick-start recovery and growht, and get you primed for your next gym session.

1
The Muscle-Gainer: Salmon-Stuffed Red Potato

If you want to build muscle and add size, eating salmon and potatoes is the way to go. It's hands-down delicious when you prepare it the Fit Men Cook-style. Adding salmon is a great way to "dress up" a staple bodybuilding meal. You may never eat salmon and red potatoes the same way again. Ever.

Ingredients
Seasonings
  • Pepper
  • Coconut aminos
  • Mrs. Dash Chipotle
  • Garlic (optional)
Directions
  1. Set oven to 375 F.
  2. Bake a red potato until soft.
  3. Season wild salmon with 1 tbsp coconut aminos, pepper, and Mrs. Dash chipotle seasoning.
  4. Bake salmon in the oven for about 10 minutes until finished. Then, flake the salmon with a fork and set it aside.
  5. Once the potato's finished, slice it down the middle and remove the insides with a spoon. Place the contents in a bowl.
  6. Mix the potato contents with Greek yogurt, green onion, and fresh garlic. Keep stirring until the contents are creamy.
  7. Add salmon to the mixture and blend with a fork. Season with sea salt to taste.
  8. Top with parmesan cheese (if desired) and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1 potato) Recipe yields 1
Amount per serving
Calories 466
Total Fat14 g
Total Carbs42 g
Protein46 g

The Muscle-Gainer: Salmon-Stuffed Red Potato PDF

2
Bodybuilding Budget Potato: Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potato

You can't beat building muscle on less than $3 per serving! Not only will this meal satisfy your wallet, but it will also put your muscles on the road to recovery. This is a perfect combo of sweet and savory flavors with high-quality protein and complex carbohydrates. Even better, it's an easy meal you can prep in advance-just top it with chili when you're ready to eat. Now, go grow!

Ingredients
Seasonings
  • 1 tbsp McCormick low-sodium chili seasoning
  • Mrs. Dash Chipotle seasoning (optional)
Directions
  1. Bake a sweet potato in the oven until soft.
  2. Set a skillet on medium heat and add ground meat.
  3. Break apart the meat in the skillet with a spatula and, as it's cooking, add seasonings. When the meat is 70 percent finished, add tomatoes, green onions, and black beans. Mix together.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and cook for another 5-8 minutes.
  5. When the sweet potato has finished baking, slice it in half and scoop out just a little from the top to create a small hole.
  6. Top the sweet potato with the chili mixture.
  7. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1 potato) Recipe yields 1
Amount per serving
Calories 381
Total Fat3 g
Total Carbs41 g
Protein47 g

Bodybuilding Budget Potato: Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potato PDF

3
Antioxidant Crunch: Honey-Stuffed Purple Sweet Potato

Nope, your eyes aren't playing tricks on ya! That's definitely a purple sweet potato, and it's delicious. If you're like me, you probably have pretty aggressive sweet cravings after a tough workout. The first thing on your mind might be smashing a pint of ice cream. Try this recipe instead!

In addition to the regular vitamins and minerals that sweet potatoes provide, a single serving of purple sweet potatoes are loaded with more antioxidants than a single serving of blueberries. Crush your goals and get those nutrients in!

TIP: When selecting orange or purple sweet potatoes, I like to choose ones that have darker, richer colors. If you can't find purple sweet potatoes at the local grocery store, check your local farmers market or specialty grocery stores.

Ingredients
Seasonings
Directions
  1. Bake a purple sweet potato in the oven until soft. If you are unable to find larger purple sweet potatoes, simply bake several small purple sweet potatoes to meet your desired serving size.
  2. Set a skillet on medium heat and lightly spray with coconut oil. Toss blueberries into the skillet and saute until they appear as if they are going to burst open—about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Remove purple sweet potato from the oven. Remove the insides with a spoon and place in a bowl.
  4. In the bowl, add almond milk, coconut oil, 1/2 tbsp honey, and cinnamon. Mix together to form a puree.
  5. Add the mixture back to the potato. Top with sauteed blueberries, granola, and 1/2 tbsp honey.
  6. Remember to add your choice of protein! I recommend grilled chicken breast or baked white fish.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1 potato) Recipe yields 1
Amount per serving
Calories 305
Total Fat8 g
Total Carbs57 g
Protein4 g

Antioxidant Crunch: Honey-Stuffed Purple Sweet Potato PDF