You may have heard of Power Foods. This term refers to nutrient-rich foods that are recommended to incorporate in your daily diet for a longer, happier, slimmer and healthier life. Eat more and eat often.
Below are some favorite power foods, along with some ideas on how to include these into your diet.
Great source of magnesium, which keeps your energy and metabolism running
Glucose is your brain’s fuel of choice. Natural sugars in apricots boost blood-glucose levels, which sag while sleep. You also get a healthy dose of the iron that’s essential for transporting oxygen to your gray matter and muscles.
Plain Low-Fat Yogurt
Acting as coenzymes that break down food, the B vitamins help generate the energy stored in whatever carbs you have for breakfast. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20566684,00.html#cucumber-walnut-raita
Carbs help the amino acid tryptophan cross from the blood into the brain, where it’s used to make the mood-boosting, calming compound serotonin. http://www.marthastewart.com/923541/brown-rice-recipes
Burned out on salmon? Rainbow Trout has almost as much eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3 fatty acid that stops the stress chemical cortisol from boiling over. EPA also stimulates the repair of skin cells.
German doctors reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association that flavonoid-rich dark chocolate relaxes blood vessels, holding stress-induced blood-pressure spikes in check. Another German study found that eating chocolate reduces negative moods.
Low-Fat Ricotta Cheese
The protein in this cheese comes mainly from whey (not true of other cheeses), so it’s full of the best amino acids around to pump you up and speed recovery.
Studies show that anthocyanins squelch muscle inflammation and the muscle pain from working out too much. Stash a couple dozen (fresh or dried) in your bag to have after your last set.