With longer and warmer evenings, we’re a little more motivated to get out and exercise more, so we’ve rounded up the best foods to fuel your fitness.
In contrast to simple carbs, complex carbs release glucose into the blood gradually, supplying the body with a steady supply of energy. A diet rich in whole grains, oats, pulses, nuts and seeds will help you stay healthy and full of energy. It’s simple to do; swap rice and pasta for the brown or wholewheat varieties and choose wholemeal loaf instead of white.
Broccoli, Kale, Spinach and Green Cabbage are some of the most nutrient-dense foods you’ll find in the supermarket. They are also a good source of folate which is thought to be good for heart health.
Sweet potatoes are high in the electrolyte potassium, which can help ward off muscle cramping during exercise. They are also full of beta-carotene, iron, fibre and vitamin C.
Bananas are packed with potassium which helps with muscle cramps during exercise. The majority of their calories also come from carbohydrates, making them the perfect fuel for pre or post workout.
All nuts are packed with many minerals, vitamins and fibre, but Brazil nuts are also one of the few good sources of selenium, a mineral and micronutrient which helps to maintain a healthy immune system. Upping exercise and activity levels can make you more hungry so it’s important to choose a snack that packs in the nutrients and curbs hunger.
Salmon ia great source of Omega 3, a fatty acid that’s believed to keep your heart healthy and slow down the effects of memory loss. Protein helps to rebuild and repair muscles, so is the best nutrient to fill up on after a workout.