Originally Posted by ChiTown2Diego
You've received a lot of both funny and bad advice thus far...
Regardless of whether you're cutting or bulking and regardless of the time of day, the answer is the same for your post workout meal. You need a meal consisting of quick absorbing protein and carbs. No fats. No solid foods. The quickest absorbing protein is whey isolate protein and the quickest absorbing carb (if you want to do it right) is Dextrose. Most don't have or won't order dextrose so a sugary drink will do i.e. fruit juice (don't have fruit juice blend in bananas). The ideal post workout shake would be whey protein, dextrose blended with coconut water.
I wouldn't use milk as suggested as it is a slow digesting protein. The one time you don't want to eat solid foods is after a workout as it slows digestion delaying the nutrients your body needs asap to begin the recovery process. Fats also need to be avoided in your post workout meal as it too will slow down digestion.
That's a lot of broscience, bro.
The whole thing about shakes and no solid food is in large part a ploy used by supplement companies to get people to buy their shakes. Protein Shakes only started to become popular in the late 80's and people have been lifting and bodybuilding long before that.
Ronnie Coleman goes to Outback Steakhouse for his post workout meal and last time I checked they don't serve protein shakes there and he's an 8 time Mr. O.
Now, are protein shakes beneficial, more convenient and possibly better than solid food, sure, but it's not the only option available.
I know tons of bodybuilders and people jacked out of their minds that don't drink shakes post workout and I know guys that do and they put Peanut Butter in them too.
As long as you are getting in your required amount of protein daily, it doesn't make much of a difference when you eat it or exactly what you eat, as long as it's quality protein.