Do I Really Need a 4:1 Carb:Protein Ratio for Recovery?

Carb:Protein - Getting The Right Mix

If you're into the latest trends in nutrition, maybe you've heard about getting a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio of carbs:protein after a strenuous workout. But is this just micromanagement? Are there any real benefits to this practice?

If you like to run or cycle long distances, you know your body is ready for recovery as soon as you finish your workout. Many people head right to the kitchen and gorge themselves back to equilibrium. There are a number of biological reasons why this makes sense. In the 30 minutes to two hours after a hard workout, your body is looking to replenish its muscle glycogen stores. Studies show by eating a carb-laden meal or snack after your workout, the body tends to build up that muscle glycogen first instead of storing as fat.

There are many options if you want to achieve this carb:protein mix. You could eat some nuts and a banana, hummus and carrots, and many more plant based options. But, for the busy person who needs something easier to grab and go, an energy bar can work great. This is one of the reasons Tahoe Trail Bar uses this carb:protein ratio in its newest flavors, Dark Chocolate Cherry and Mango Coconut. When you're on a trail and approaching burnout, nothing is more satisfying than cracking open a Tahoe Trail Bar. Our bars are formulated with the carb:protein ratio we feel will best fuel your journey.

3.75 Carb:Protein Ratio

Mango Coconut Energy Bar carb:protein

3.7 Carb:Protein Ratio

Dark Chocolate Cherry Energy Bar carb:protein

If you are looking for healthy,  vegan, gluten free energy bars for on the trail or off shop Tahoe Trail Bars. If you’ve never tried a Tahoe Trail Bar, now’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about. 


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