03/19/2012 10:32 am ET Updated May 19, 2012

8 Recipes for the Best Workout

Just like keeping a healthy diet is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating the right foods is just as important for getting the most out of your workout. While keeping active is a major aspect of staying fit, what you use for fuel definitely factors in.

It's key to know which essential foods will keep you going and help your body recover after hard work. Certain foods are good for preparing your body for an intense workout and giving you the energy you need to endure it. Others are great for after exercising to help you maintain calorie burning, build muscle, and prevent cramping.

Since nobody knows men and food like Food Republic, we pulled eight great recipes of theirs to try out before and after a workout. Give them a try -- energy food can be seriously delicious.

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8 Recipes for the Best Workout