The human body operates like a well-designed machine when given the proper fuel and maintenance. If you are not paying attention to what you’re putting in your body it may not perform at peak levels. While training, your system’s stored energy is depleted and your muscles are under continuous stress. You need quick recovery. Consuming appropriate proteins and carbohydrates are the best source of what the body needs to bounce back.
Here are 5 foods that are packed with the essential nutrition needed to keep you at your best.
These amazing jewels are loaded full of potassium and are almost completely carbohydrates. They are great for pre-race fuel and their natural wrappers make them convenient for any circumstance.
Can you say omega 3 fatty acids? Salmon is an excellent source of this, so it decreases recovery time needed and helps to slow the break down of proteins in muscles. If that wasn’t enough, salmon is also great for your heart.
Have you ever wondered why Rocky pounds those raw egg drinks? They’re complete proteins that contain the amino acids needed for muscle recovery. By the way, we do not recommend eating raw eggs.
Kickstart your day and your body with a bowl of oatmeal. It can help you train longer. The energy from this carbohydrate releases slowly allowing your body to stay fueled for greater periods.
We know what you are thinking; kale is the trendy leafy green. Nope. It is the super food everyone claims it to be. According to Dr. Drew Ramsey from Columbia University, a cup of kale comes with 14% of your daily calcium, 659% of daily vitamin A and more than 900% of your daily vitamin K! Kale also contains folic acid, which is good for your circulation. It really is as good as everyone proclaims!
Now that you are armed with this powerful nutritional advice, get out there and experience the difference. Your body will thank you. If you’re interested in a helpful training guide to optimize your properly fueled body, check out Strength and Mechanics for Runners.