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
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.