Think of your body as a high-end luxury car and food as the gasoline. Just like that car, you need premium gas for your body to run most efficiently. These six foods can help keep your engine running strong:
Peanut butter: Loaded with protein, unsaturated fat and fiber, peanut butter will keep you full during your workout without weighing you down. Nut butters are also a great natural source of plant-based protein, essential for muscle growth and repair.
Bananas: Muscle cramps caused by low potassium are a common ailment among athletes. Eating just one medium banana provides 422 milligrams of potassium, which can help prevent muscle cramps and soreness. An average banana also contains about 30 grams of low-glycemic carbohydrates, making it a choice fuel source.
Quinoa: This gluten-free grain is loaded with complex carbohydrates, protein and a combination of macronutrients that make it perfect for eating before or after workouts. In one ½ cup serving, you’ll also get about half of your daily magnesium intake, which can help support bone and heart health.
Turmeric: This spice, which contains a substance known as curcumin, has been shown to reduce inflammation and ease the pain and symptoms associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. A natural anti-inflammatory, turmeric is the perfect addition to the diets of runners or any weight-bearing athlete.
Eggs: A long-time favorite among athletes, eggs are loaded with protein and contain all 9 essential amino acids. The yolks are also rich in choline, an essential micronutrient that is vital for proper nerve and muscle function.
Spinach: This iron-loaded leafy green may not make your muscles grow instantly like Popeye’s, but it can help improve athletic performance by keeping your blood healthy. Iron is essential for the production of hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that helps transport oxygen to tissues all over the body and keeps you from becoming prematurely fatigued during workouts.
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Reviewed By: Nora Minni, RD, CDN