5 Sports Nutrition Foods to Make McDonalds Hate You
Are you a healthy athlete searching for some additional sports nutrition tips? Or are you a fast food junky slouched in front of your TV?Aï¿½ Either way please allow me five minutes to share with you 5 wholesome foods that’ll help you outrun a cheetah on steroids.
What you eat is important, as it will affect how you perform.Aï¿½ A healthy and nutritious routine doesn’t have to revolve around eating limp lettuce and celery sticks. With a little imagination you can prepare meals as if they came right out of Gordon Ramsey’s kitchen.
Fish, has been eaten for centuries by the Japanese and Eskimo people and is widely recognised as a key reason for such low heart disease in these populations.Aï¿½ Packed with omega 3, protein and iron, oily fish (such as salmon, tuna and mackerel) also have anti-inflammatory properties that will help you recover from injury.Aï¿½ Instead of deep frying your next fish fillet, try grilling or smoking it as this will ensure that you retain its natural benefits.Aï¿½Aï¿½Aï¿½
Potatoes, in all its form and varieties, are another excellent staple food that has been eaten worldwide for generations. The ‘apple of the ground’ is a rich source of vitamin C and contains carbohydrates which will turbo charge your energy levels. Instead of reaching for a packet of potato chips or crisps, set your oven to 180 degrees (350 Fahrenheit), and pop in a medium sized potato before your next run. An hour later, it will be baked to perfection and will help replenish your energy levels.Aï¿½ Try adding baked beans and cheese to create a delicious blend of nutrition and flavour.
Berries, tiny but crammed full of nutrients, will help regulate your blood pressure, enhance your immune system and repair damaged cells to help you recover faster.Aï¿½ Like many berries, blueberries contain powerful antioxidants which help fight and even prevent cancer.Aï¿½ Throw a cup or two into a blender, add a dash or honey and top with milk to make a refreshing smoothie to enjoy at breakfast, lunch or dinner.
To help combat fatigue, try natural Greek yogurt.Aï¿½ As a dairy product, yogurt is made up of calcium, which your body uses to strengthen your bones and boost metabolism.Aï¿½ Your muscle metabolism will help you recover after exercise faster and more effectively as well as help burn unwanted fat.Aï¿½ In my opinion, natural low fat yogurt is an ideal substitute for milk, as I put it on my cereals and in my smoothies for breakfast.Aï¿½ It’s easy to imagine why the Greek legend, Marathon, found so much energy to run that epic 26 miles all those centuries ago.
A carbo-loaded breakfast is important for any athlete.Aï¿½ Containing an abundance of carbohydrates, a daily bowl of oatmeal porridge will help your body to absorb carbohydrates slowly.Aï¿½ These complex carbohydrates will not only keep you full; they will reduce cravings and supply you with energy for several hours.Aï¿½ Oatmeal also contains fibre which will help flush out harmful toxins in your body, leaving only the healthy, balanced nutrients behind.Aï¿½ To liven up my morning porridge, I sometimes add a sprinkle of almonds and sunflower seeds with a teaspoon of honey after cooking, to sweeten them up.Aï¿½
Whatever your athletic needs, healthy eating doesn’t have to revolve around strict nutrition, eliminating all treats and staying abnormally skinny.Aï¿½ Instead, it should be about feeling great, feeling full of energy and staying in shape.Aï¿½ You can do all of these by learning some basic sports nutrition tips and putting them to good use.