When working out the hardest thing is finding delicious foods that not only taste great but are good for the body. Preparing food is the hardest part about working out, you tend to eat the same foods over and over again. There are some foods that are bland but they can be made to taste better with some seasoning, marinating and mixtures. We have 10 delicious fitness foods that you need to try below.
10] Dark Chocolate
According to the European Journal of Nutrition eating dark chocolate can help reduce markers of exercise-induced cell stress and you experience higher blood antioxidant levels. Dark chocolate tends have a good effect on your mood and cognitive health. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the exact same chemical your brain creates when you fall in love and it releases endorphins that makes you happy.
A great source of Omega 3, a fatty acid that keeps your heart healthy and it slows down the effects of memory loss. Salmon contains a lot of protein so it rebuilds and repairs your muscles. Salmon contains the most oil from fishes and it is easily available from your local market.
They help keep the digestive system running smoothly as they contain fibre. Half an Avocado contains 3.4grams of soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre slows the breakdown of Carbohydrates making you feel full for longer. Avocados contain oleic acid which is a fat that activates a part of your brain that makes you feel full.
7] Peanut Butter
A delicious butter that can be spread on toast, added to melted chocolate, or put over your fruit. You can eat this food however you want. It contains protein, folate, vitamin E and zero trans fats. Peanut butter contains good fats like mono- and polyunsaturated. It is great to add to your diet and a tablespoon full or more a day is good.
I love eggs and have 3-4 boiled eggs a day. I remove the yolk and have the whites. 50% of the egg is protein and it consists of all eight essential amino acids. These are vital in muscle and bone cell growth and regeneration. They are a source of calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and vitamins A, D, E and B.
I love milk and have a glassful a day. It contains hydrating water, muscle-healing protein, refuelling sugar and bone-healthy calcium in every glass. A warm glass can help you sleep with slow-digesting casein proteins, serotonin and melatonin. You can also have chocolate milk which is claimed to be the best fitness drink, with its ability to help repair muscles, post-workout.
Nuts are great when it comes to fitness especially Almonds. They are thought to be the most nutrient-packed tree nut, a great source of vitamin E and a good source of protein and fibre. They are shown to reduce bad cholesterol and even help in weight management.
Banana – packed with potassium, Watermelons – helps ease post-workout muscle pain, Cherries – can reduce exercise-induced muscle pain and damage, blueberries – high level of free-radical-beating antioxidants, berries and other fruits are needed. You have seen some of the benefits above, make sure to incorporate fruits int your diet.
2] Dried Fruits
Dried fruits – apricots, raisins and mango are high in natural sugars and have a concentrated source of carbohydrates which make them a great energy booster. They also contain fibre, potassium, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Dates are delicious and have so many incredible benefits you would have never thought – see out post about dates below.
1] Greek Yoghurt
Greek yogurt is very popular because it satisfies peoples needs for health, convenience and taste. Greek Yoghurt contains roughly the same amount of calories as normal yoghurt, plus it can pack up to double the protein, while cutting sugar content by half. A typical 6-ounce serving contains 15 to 20 grams, the amount in 2 to 3 ounces of lean meat. It contains roughly half the carbs as the normal yoghurt – 5 to 8 grams per serving compared with 13 to 17. A serving of Greek yogurt averages 50 milligrams of sodium – about half the amount in most brands of the regular kind. Be wary of Greek yogurt’s fat content. There are other natural high protein yoghurts that are great like Skyr yoghurt.
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