4 Foods to Fuel Your Fitness
Coconut Water is THE sports drink for people who love health. It’s an electrolyte powerhouse. That’s right, naturally. That means you can kick the other sports drinks to the curb. No more artificial flavors. No more artificial colors.
During intense workouts, you lose a lot of fluids, so coconut water is the perfect way to rehydrate and replace your electrolytes.
Be sure to choose just plain coconut water to avoid the added sugars. That means avoiding the flavored coconut waters. The ingredients should simply state coconut water.
Sweet Potatoes hit the sweet spot for fueling your fitness. Runners often focus on carb-loading. So that makes sweet potatoes the perfect carb as they are clean, healthy, and low in calories. Mineral rich foods like sweet potatoes replace the nutrients lost through exercises like running. Bonus: the beta carotene will help improve eyesight so you can clearly see the finish line.
Chia Seeds for endurance, hydration and healthy joints! Who knew that such tiny little ancient seeds could be so beneficial?
Chia seeds help with endurance because they are packed with nutrients that help fight fatigue and give you energy. Since they are great at absorbing water, they actually help you with hydration. In fact, many runners are making chia gel so they can skip the toxic concoctions of running gels. Healthy joints happen since they are high in omega 3 fatty acids to help lubricate the joints and reduce inflammation.
Free-Range/Cage Free Eggs are packed with protein. A tiny little egg is one of the easiest ways to add a clean protein to your diet. 6 grams of protein! They are portable and easy to prepare. Eggs are also a budget friendly protein source. Even the most “expensive” eggs still only come in at 50 cents per serving.
Packed with amino acids, you’ll repair tissue efficiently. Amino acids are converted to muscle, skin and collagen. Eat the yolks folks. Seriously, they are so healthy. They yolk is full of choline and many other nutrients.
Why Free-range/cage free? Hens that range free produce healthier eggs. Literally, they are higher in nutrients (including Omega 3 fatty acids) when they can eat greens and bugs. Plus, it’s nicer for the birds. Take a stance and care about where your food comes from.
Jessica Wyman is a Hippie in High Heels. A multi-passionate business woman serving as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, Author and Heart Centered Entrepreneur. She works with women to improve their health and businesses by giving real advice for real women in the real world!
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