Limit fat in your post-workout meal because it is very slow to digest which will hold up those fast-acting carbs and protein from being digested and absorbed in a timely fashion. Another important factor is to consider the timing of the meal. It is absolutely crucial that you consume your post-workout meal immediately after exercise. After a workout, muscles are depleted and require an abundance of protein and carbohydrates. In addition, during this time, the muscles are biochemically “primed” for nutrient uptake.