The body is inflamed and filled with lactic acid after an intense workout, so my primary goal is recovery, says Tamal Dodge, ERYT, a yoga instructor in Venice, California and star of Element: Hatha and Flow Yoga for Beginners DVD. Many people reach for protein after exercise, but since most protein is acidic, you're better off feeding your body something alkaline and anti-inflammatory, he says.
"I eat organic grapes or fruits that are alkaline, and I try to incorporate something that is really anti-inflammatory like turmeric," Dodge says. "I will make a smoothie with frozen bananas, berries, and a one-inch piece of turmeric with water and agave. About 20 or 30 minutes later, I will eat something high in protein, as my body is now ready to take in something acidic."