If you are trying to get fit, it is time to match your diet to your work out plan. Make sure you are eating fitness foods that will make you feel stronger inside and out. Keep your eyes open for these foods while you are at the supermarket.
Dried fruit is high in natural sugars and is extremely tasty! Make sure you are eating a variety of dried fruits, start off with apricots, raisins and mango. These fruits will give you a concentrated dose of carbohydrate, the energy you will need to get you through your intense, after-work.
The sweet potato hype is real at the moment and no wonder! This super food is an excellent addition to your daily diet and is great for those who are carb-loading before long runs. Potatoes are made up of electrolyte potassium, which can also reduce muscle cramping.
Tomatoes are a simple addition to any meal and can also be eaten while snacking. Not only are they packed vitamin C, they contain a powerful antioxidant which is called lycopene. This is the reason why tomatoes are so colourful as the antioxidant is what gives them their bright shade. This wonder ingredient is said to prevent prostate cancer in men, making it one of our favourite nutrients.
If you are looking to lose some weight, make sure you are buying tomatoes in bulk. Studies have shown that tomatoes work wonders and release weight loss hormones in the body such as leptin.
It is important that you are integrating both fruit and vegetables into your diet. Broccoli is full of vitamins and minerals which will make you feel much healthier. If you are looking to add broccoli to your vegetable mix, try it alongside kale, spinach and green cabbage. If you are particularly interested in endurance sports, broccoli is an excellent way to add some calcium to your diet. The NHS also recommend that you have 700mg per day.
There is a reason why runners are handed bananas at running events and that is because bananas are higher in energy than any other fruit. The calories which come from bananas are loaded with carbohydrate. They are an excellent fuel for runners before, during or after a workout. Bananas are packed with potassium, which is said to reduce muscle cramps while exercising.
The blueberry is not only tasty, but it also falls under the much desirable, superfood category. This low calorie fruit is full of antioxidants which reduce free radicals.
The rumours are true! Chocolate really can be good for your health – dark chocolate that is. Dark chocolate can be great for you in small doses and it is extremely nutritious!
Some would say cocoa is the best superfood there is as it is rich in magnesium, antioxidants and amino acid! If you are looking to pick up cocoa in the super market, make sure you are choosing a brand which is as close to the whole bean as possible.