Turkey Couscous Post-Workout Meal

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This post workout meal takes mere minutes to throw together. It requires no cooking – just a kettle to provide hot water for the couscous – so you can even make it at work. The turkey offers a hit of protein to help your muscles grow, and the high-carbohydrate couscous will replenish your glycogen stores after a workout. 

Prefer to cut the carbs? Try one of these simple protein-rich salad recipes. For more ways to refuel post workout check out our protein shake recipes and best smoothie recipes, and you’ll find healthy recipes to support your training in our nutrition section.

if you’re following Coach’s weight loss meal plan for women or a weight loss diet plan for men you can use this turkey couscous in place of a meal of a similar calorific value.

Turkey Couscous Post-Workout Meal

493 calories

Ingredients (Serves One)

  • 100g couscous
  • 3 slices of roast turkey breast (about 75g), diced
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • Chopped parsley


Prepare the couscous according to packet instructions, then place in a bowl. When cool, mix in the turkey, spring onions, tomato and cucumber. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


We used Myfitnesspal, one of the best weight-loss apps for calorie counting, to get the approximate nutritional values for this recipe. It contains 493 calories, and provides 75g of carbohydrates, 37g of protein, 4g of fat and 4g of fibre.


Turkey breast is low in calories, fat and salt, but loaded with the protein needed for your muscles to develop and recover.

Spring onion

These are packed with chromium, a mineral that helps maintain blood-sugar levels and controls cravings.


Tomatoes are a source of betacarotene and vitamin C, which help reduce inflammation and muscle soreness.


Cucumber is rich in silica, which is needed for healthy connective tissue, bones, tendons and ligaments.


This grain has a high score on the glycaemic index, so it encourages fast yet effective glycogen replenishment. It is also light and easy to digest.

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Lucy Miller
Former editor

Lucy Miller is an experienced journalist who has worked across a range of health and fitness titles. She was the fitness and nutrition editor at Men’s Fitness UK, and has also been fitness editor of both Health & Fitness UK and Women’s Fitness UK. Lucy qualified as a NASM-certified personal trainer and nutritionist in 2008.

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