What Superfoods Are Not
Plant Based, Natural Fats, and Protein
The 5 Best foods for athletes
#1: Sweet Potatoes
#2: Fresh Eggs
Eggs are an endurance athletes’ best friend. Containing the highest quality protein of all foods, eggs are in the gold standard for protein. All the essential amino acids are represented in an egg: lysine, threonine, leucine, isoleucine, valine, phenylanine, tryptophan, histidine and methionine, and their protein is highly digestible, meaning that it can be retained and used by your tissues.
Eggs are also rich in vitamins, minerals, Omega 3 fats, antioxidants, and contribute significantly to energy production, strength, and power as well as muscle synthesis and recovery. Convenient, cheap, and easy to prepare, eggs are an athlete-friendly dish for time-pressed athletes.
Salmon is a source of high-quality protein, iron, and Vitamin B12 – which is important for optimal athletic performance. It also contains omega 3 fatty acids. The nutritional fats found in salmon have been shown in epidemiological and clinical trials to reduce the incidence of heart disease. Recent studies have also indicated that omega 3 fatty acids may be beneficial to intestinal health. In addition, omega 3 fatty acids may have anti-inflammatory effects, protecting against conditions such as arthritis. It’s no wonder salmon and other fatty fish have long been touted as superfood for athletes.
#4: Oatmeal with Blueberries
Oatmeal is a heart-healthy whole grain that contains valuable soluble fiber to help soak up unwanted fat and cholesterol in the bloodstream. But perhaps even more important; it’s packed full of good carbohydrates – the most critical energy source for athletes. Oatmeal maintains energy for a longer period of time during your ride or workout and curbs appetite by slowing the absorption of glucose into your bloodstream. Oats are also a good source of B vitamins, important for athletes as a source of energy.
Add the Blueberries
The miniature super fruit is chock full of nutrients and is the king of the hill when it comes to antioxidant properties. Antioxidants can help to reduce oxidative stress to cells resulting from free radicals produced during periods of strenuous activity. Nutrients in blueberries can also promote healthy blood pressure. Blueberries contain vitamin C which supports your immune system and are a source of energy-enhancing carbohydrates and fiber to help sustain your energy and keep you in the game.