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How many times have we sabotaged our sweat-pouring exercise routines by consuming all the calories we just burned, and then some, in a post-workout snack? Balancing food and exercise should be simple, even if it feels otherwise at times. The important thing about the foods we eat to fuel our workouts is the nutritional density they offer. The five foods listed below can be consumed pre- or post-workout to help give you the power to push on or recover quickly.
Pumpkin Seeds - Rich in alpha-linolenic acid, which is the plant form of omega-3 fatty acids, pumpkin seeds help fight inflammation and can ease soreness. And though not as rich in omega-3 fatty acids as fish, they are still good for the heart!
Dried Blueberries - Forego the raisins and stock up on dried blueberries instead. Rich in antioxidants, they are easily digested carbohydrates perfect for a pre-workout snack (they also have a bit fiber for staying power), or the polyphenolic compounds in them help reduce soreness if eaten post-workout.
Brown Rice Cereals and Oats - Stocked full of carbohydrates, these will give you what your muscles need for a good workout if eaten pre-exercise, especially since its sugars give you a short-term “boost” and the fiber-rich oats provide endurance fuels. If consumed post-workout, they help replenish depleted glycogen stores.
Chocolate - Yes, you read that correctly. Chocolate is great pre-workout because its antioxidants can help prevent soreness later in the day, and if eaten post-exercise chocolate provides flavonols, which aid blood flow and getting oxygen back into the muscles you just worked.
Peanuts - Eaten pre-workout, they help control hunger without being hard on digestion. Consumed post-workout, they are full of protein for muscle repair and muscle-building. If you are eating these after your exercise, it’s best to consume them within a half hour of finishing.Have questions or comments about this post? Please feel free to comment on MyNetDiary's Community Forum or Facebook page – We would love to hear from you. And consider visiting our new Pinterest page!
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