Everybody is talking about superfoods. They are everywhere you go from restaurants to supermarkets and reading about them on food lovers blogs. The superfood for those that are not aware is food that carries health benefits. There are arguments as to whether these foods are as super as they are made out to be or whether or not it is a marketing ploy. Regardless of what you are to believe we have put together a list of superfoods that are deemed as beneficial for fitness training. Check them out below and let us know your thoughts.
Nuts have always been highlighted as food that is full of goodness. Nuts are high in calories and contain plenty of natural fibre. Eating nuts will help to keep your energy levels stable for longer periods of time making you feel more alert. As well as this nuts are an excellent source of monosaturated fat which aids the body in regulating cholesterol.
Whey is a type of protein that is fast absorbing so that it reaches the muscles quickly. The protein comes in shake form making it popular amongst athletes as they can have it on the go. Whey protein is full of amino acids that help to prevent the breakdown of muscles.
Green tea is a drink enjoyed by many for its calming and pallet cleansing qualities. It also contains theanine, an amino acid that aids in alertness and attention span. As well as this the tea contains caffeine for a boost of energy. There is 50% less caffeine in green tea than in the same amount of regular tea making it ideal for athletes that have sensitive stomachs.
Bananas are delicious fruits packed full of flavour and goodness. An average sized banana will provide you with 420mg of potassium. Potassium is a mineral that helps to control fluids in the body to prevent cramps. When exercising the body sweats causing you to lose a lot of potassium. It is important to make sure that the mineral is restored after exercising and a banana is a great way of doing this. Bananas are also full of natural sugars perfect for providing you with an energy boost before a workout.
Kale is becoming more and more recognised and is finally getting the attention it deserves. Kale is loaded with iron, something that is vital for those who partake in a lot of sports activities. Iron is recognised most for creating red blood cells which are used for carrying oxygen around the body. The more oxygen the body has, the better it is at being able to exercise harder and for longer. Iron is also essential for helping to prevent fatigue so that people are alert for longer.
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a grain that provides almost twice as much protein as other grains. It is a highly versatile product that is loved by home cooks due to the many meals that can be created with it. Quinoa can be used to make porridge, desserts and curries as well as being used to bulk out stews. This top grain contains all nine essential amino acids needed by the body to help build lean muscle and aid in exercise recovery.
Chia seeds are great for hydration. They are packed full of hydrophilic properties enabling them to retain moisture up to twelve times their weight. Ideal for helping the body to control its absorption of nutrients to prolong a person’s hydration. Chia seeds are also full of antioxidants helping to keep the body as healthy as possible.