People sometimes talk about a "recovery meal".
- What is a recovery meal?
- When should one eat the recovery meal?
- Of what should it consist?
There may be variation depending on the preceding activity, but there are probably some guiding principles.
A recovery meal is a meal consumed to aid your body in recovery after exercise. You should generally eat this meal directly after exercise, except if the goal of the exercise is weight-loss.
Your recovery meal should consist of carbs, to replace the muscle glycogen that was burned during your workout, and lean protein to aid muscle repair and recovery for the next workout.
A recovery meal is only required if your next workout will be in less than 48 hours (my opinion). Your normal meals will do fine if the gap between workouts are 48 hours or more.