Sports experts are loudly touting the value of proteins and BCAAs as sport supplements. These are said to enhance muscle development and are derived from the purest forms of proteins; the ones most dense with those important amino acids such as eggs and whey. Veggies and fruits also contain a small amount of protein, but that’s not what’s so good about them. When you work out, they give you energy and perform other functions as well.
Bananas and Muscles
One of the many minerals lost during a workout is potassium, an electrolyte. Sweating causes the body to lose these minerals which contribute to healthy circulation and prevent us from feeling dizzy. Bananas are full of calories and energy, but one of their best ingredients for athletes is potassium. When you crave a peanut butter with whole, natural peanut butter, now you know why.
Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and more are special foods rich in something known as antioxidants. These are foods which fight with your immune system against free radicals. Their immune-boosting properties also get down to the cellular level to help muscles repair themselves after a long, tiring workout. And these are a big part of the Red Smoothie Detox Factor.
Officially a fruit, we often treat avocado as a vegetable because it isn’t sweet. This is a healthy source of unsaturated fats which helps the body to fight bad cholesterol but also provides the nutritional building blocks for muscle growth and repair. With avocado in your diet, you are providing calories for fuel and fat for brain and muscle health. Fat is not your enemy but a weapon of good health against the forces of refined carbs. Slice avocado with tomato, arrange slices around a plate, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. They also go nicely in smoothies.
Apples and Pears
At the end of a workout you should consume something with lots of carbohydrates in it; a slow but digestible food like a pear or an apple. If your body detects fuel is in the area, it will use that instead of taking muscle tissue and employing those cells as its source of fuel. Catabolism is a tragic end to a hard workout. You don’t see it happening or even feel it, but you notice that your body doesn’t get stronger the way it should over time.
Most people don’t drink enough water, but the good news is that you can eat it. Most of a melon is made up of water, honeydew and watermelon especially. Fill up on slices of these fruits plus Asian pears (also dense with water) and feel your cells swell with the water they thirsted for.
If your exercise of choice takes place away from home such as running or cycling, you don’t want to get caught out without some energizing food available. This is the time to pack dried fruits like raisins, dried cranberries, and apple rings. But be careful about sugar! Avoid banana chips as they are full of sugar, and if you can dry your own fruit do that without sugar or oil. This is way more practical than hauling pieces of melon or whole apples around in a satchel on your bike in the pocket of your running belt.