Fuel Your Body Right: 10 Foods to Steer Clear of After Working Out

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / April 4th, 2022

3. Raw Vegetables

raw vegetables

An odd entry in this list of foods to be avoided after exercise, raw vegetables seem pretty harmless and high up in the health stakes.

Which to be fair to crudités, they are. But the problem is, eating a pile of raw carrots, celery, cucumber and peppers will fill your stomach with volume, but not calories. They’re very low in calories and after exercise, we should be refuelling with energy dense foods in order for our body to repair.

If you do want to eat raw vegetables, make sure you have a high protein dip to go with them such as hummus or your favourite nut butter. (Avoid calorific creamy or cheesy dips, as they don’t have much nutritional value aside from excess calories and fats.)


Whilst being rich in beneficial vitamins and minerals, raw vegetables on their own won’t keep you full for very long due to their low calorie content. Eat them with hummus or nut butter to keep you fuller for longer.


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