Have you ever been on the way to the gym or headed out for a run only to discover that the pep in your step is lagging? If so, it’s nothing to worry about – it is bound to happen at some point. Your body can only do so much before it needs a bit of help from the foods you eat to provide the power you need to make it through your workout. However, not just any food will do. If you want to rev up your workout and make the most of your exercise time, make sure you eat some of the energy-boosting foods on this list.
Chia seeds have almost double the protein of all other grains and seeds. They also contain almost five times the calcium that is found in milk, and more than double the potassium that is found in a banana. If you are working out, you have to make sure you are keeping your bones strong and the calcium that is found in chia seeds is very easy for your body to absorb and put to use.
The best time to eat chia seeds is about 15 to 20 minutes after you have worked out. You can easily add them to a protein shake or add them in a salad.
Another protein powerhouse, eggs are 50 percent protein and they consist of all eight of the needed amino acids for bone cell and muscle growth and regeneration. Even better, eggs are a great source of calcium, vitamins A, B, E, and D, zinc, phosphorus, and iron.
Try to have a few eggs within 20 or 30 minutes of your workout. If you need a mid-workout snack, a hard-boiled egg is a great option. Just make sure to only buy and eat eggs that are free-range and pastured. This will ensure they are free from any hormones, antibiotics, or stimulants that are often used by non-organic farms.
Kefir is a type of fermented milk product that is very similar to yogurt. It is rich in an array of nutrients, including vitamin A, B1, B2, magnesium, folic acid, and calcium. One of the things that makes kefir so unique is the fermentation process, which means it is a food that is very easy for your body to digest. Since it is so easy to digest, your body is able to focus on absorbing the protein and nutrients needed for the growth and regeneration of your muscles. Also, kefir contains tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid, that helps to relax the nervous system and that makes it a great snack option if you exercise late at night.
As you can see, there are more than a few foods you can try to optimize your workout and recovery after a workout. You can try one or a combination of these to see what effects and benefits they offer. There are also other options, such as supplements and shakes you can enjoy to provide similar benefits.