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5 Foods that Put You in a Workout Mood

Updated: Mar 26, 2022

Get more energy from the food you eat! Here are some tips to get you started:


CONSUME A WIDE VARIETY OF WHOLE FOODS


This means eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, and lean protein.


EAT THE RAINBOW!


Eat a variety of different color fruits and vegetables to maximize antioxidants intake and energy


GET MORE IRON FROM PLANTS


Think beans, lentils, seeds, spinach, and other dark leafy greens. Consume Vitamin C rich foods to boost absorption


START YOUR DAY WITH A BOOST!


Add fiber, healthy fats, or lean protein for a more filling and energizing breakfast.


LIMIT FOODS AND BEVERAGES THAT CAN CAUSE CRASHES


Sugary foods and drinks, caffeine (too much), and alcohol


TRY NOT TO SKIP MEALS


After all, food is fuel!


Incorporate more of the foods that are high in energizing vitamins and minerals: beans, lentils, legumes, nuts, seeds, peanuts, fatty fishes like salmon, oats, barley, brown rice, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and even pure cacao or dark chocolate - 70 percent or more!


Try this quick, easy, and energizing "recipe" for a tasty breakfast or dessert:


FRUIT AND CHOCOLATE YOGURT PARFAIT


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1


Ingredients


1 C Plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1 inch square of 70 percent or higher dark chocolate

1/2 cup assorted fresh berries


Instructions


Fill a small bowl with yogurt; stir in vanilla extract.


Put dark chocolate in a zip-top bag and crush, or place on cutting board and shave with a paring knife. Sprinkle chocolate onto yogurt.


Top with fresh berries. Enjoy!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Alison Bradow is the chronic disease prevention coordinator at the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing. Visit her ymcaoflansing.org

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