The link between nutrition and its impact on sports performance is important. It goes without saying that all exercise, weather it is cardio or lifting, rely on the fuel you give your body. Supplying your body with nutrients both before and after is key and eating right can help you energize your workout. We have therefore chosen three energy-boosting superfoods that are ideal to consume before and after hitting the gym! Weather you’re a professional athlete or just getting started, continue reading.
These seeds are, despite their small size, a major source of energy. Chia is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, is rich in antioxidants and full of fiber, magnesium, zinc and calcium, and is even a high quality protein source. Adding chia seeds to your smoothie or sprinkle it over your food before a workout gives you tons of energy and even keeps you hydrated.
Fun fact: The word “chia” is a Mayan word meaning “strength”.
Hemp seeds are the most nutritious seeds in the world and an excellent source of protein because it contains all the 21 known amino acids. The seeds are high in fiber, vitamin E and are a great way to advance your workout. Because of their high amino acid content they directly affect muscle performance, making them a perfect post-workout snack. Perfect for rebuilding muscle after a visit to the gym.
Fun fact: Hemp seed protein was first used as a muscle booster in the 1950s in Eastern Europe to treat the muscle wasting caused by tuberculosis.
Goji berries have long been used in Chinese medicine, being a good source of protein in addition to containing high levels of antioxidants, minerals like zinc and calcium. These small, red berries are low in calories and contain a variety of essential vitamins, like vitamin B and E and a lot of nutrients. Goji berries actually contain 18 amino acids, including all eight essential amino acids, which makes them an ideal choice for meeting your daily protein requirements. You can eat them like snacks or have them on top of your smoothie.
Fun fact: Goji is beneficial for increasing blood flow and is called the ”viagra of China”.
By: Henriette Danielsen