Though the list of healthy foods is never ending, we picked out the super heroes that help keep you fit. Be it reduced muscle stress or expedited recovery, these bad boys have got you covered!
- Beet Juice
According to research the household ruby red beet may be more effective at boosting energy than caffeine. Add some to your green juice, salads, dips or smoothies to get your daily dose.
Consuming honey before exercise provides a slow release fuel that gives athletes steady blood sugar and insulin levels over a longer duration of time. This natural sweetener also boosts power, speed, and endurance. Opt for the raw, natural kinds to get your naturally sweet energy fix!
Blueberries are known to reduce inflammation, however in addition to that blueberry eaters also experience a boost in natural killer cells, a type of white blood cell that plays a vital role in immunity. They are also high in antioxidant levels. Have a fresh bowl with breakfast or use frozen ones in your post workout smoothie.
Fatty fish like Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids that have been linked to a lengthy list of benefits, from fighting heart disease to a reduced risk of type-2 diabetes. Additionally, recent research also shows that it may also be a potent muscle booster. Throw some on a grill with fresh veggies for a wholesome meal option.
The antioxidants in pomegranate have been linked to improved memory and enhanced brain activity, and now researchers report that pomegranate juice also helps improve muscle recovery. Consume as a mid morning snack or include some in your salad for an added crunch.
Research shows that glycogen, the body’s storage form of carbohydrates, is replenished more rapidly when athletes consume both carbs and caffeine following strenuous exercise. Compared to carbs alone, the combo resulted in a 66% increase in muscle glycogen 4 hours after intense exercise. Don’t forget your daily cuppa joe!
- Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains a high percentage of antioxidants; due to this chocolate eaters experienced higher blood antioxidant levels and reduced markers of exercise-induced cell stress. Add some squares to your banana smoothie or use it to curb that post meal sweet craving.