Super Foods

Dark chocolate can be good for you, in moderation. When I am hungry, I don’t care what I eat, I just don’t want to be hungry anymore.  This really isn’t a good way to eat, but in college, this is the way it is.  However, there are a few foods that would make a big difference in not only the way you feel, but also in the way you train.  Food is the fuel for your body, why not eat super foods?  It sounds kind of weird, but super foods are really just a food that has a lot of nutritional benefits packed into it.  Most of the time, they contain high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids.  They help fight against heart disease, cancer and they seem to put you in a better mood.  Best of all, you can find them at the grocery store.

Walnuts

Walnuts are very good for you.  Not only do they provide you with protein, they are loaded with fiber, magnesium, B vitamins and antioxidants.  Walnuts also have Omega 3 fatty acids that have been found to help your joints and fight heart disease. 

Pomegranate

This fruit used to be almost unheard of.  Now, it is a part of most professional athletes’ diets.  This fruit is packed with antioxidants like polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins.  It also has high levels of potassium, which helps with muscle cramps, and the seeds have been shown to help boost your immunity.

Blueberries

This may be easier to find at the store than pomegranate.  They have a lot of antioxidants, as well as potassium and vitamin C.  The darker the berry, the better and frozen is just as good as fresh…so stock up on them.  They are often associated with anti-inflammatory benefits. 

Salmon

If you like to stay away from red meats before race day, salmon is a great substitute.  Great for protein and Omega 3 fatty acids, salmon has been known to fight heart disease.  Try to get wild salmon if you can, as farmed salmon just isn’t the same.      

Dark Chocolate

Yes, chocolate.  But is has to be dark and just like the blueberries, the darker the better.  The darker chocolate has less sugar and fat.  And like the other super foods above, it has antioxidants and has been known to lower blood pressure.  If the chocolate has more than 60% cocoa content, chow down. 

These are just some of the super foods.  You can’t forget your green tea (not Arizona…way too much artificial sugar), dark greens, yogurt and whole grains.  You don’t have to eat tons of these foods every day.  You just have to incorporate them into a healthy, diverse diet.  These all have been found to make you feel better and that can always be good for training.  If you’re in a good mood for training, your workout will be a good one.

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Posted on Aug 19 2009, under Nutrition | No Comments »

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