Anyone part of this diet and exercise world knows that a healthy diet (not a lose-weight diet) is a huge part of being healthy and having energy for a strong workout. But what foods do you eat? What foods are the best for you? Not just foods that are heart healthy and promote strong muscles, but foods that give you energy for the endurance that you need to rock your CrossFit daily workouts. At our fitness and CrossFit center, we want you to be strong and excited to get into the groove of working out. Our fitness center can be challenging, but with healthy meals and snacks, you can leave a session with an energy you’ve never had before.
In the legume family, lentils are packed with energy boosting protein and hunger crushing fiber and has minimal calories by themselves. With 18 grams of protein per cup, that’s a large chunk of your daily recommended intake. If you love beans and other legumes, you will love legumes in soups, chilis, and Indian dishes.
Banana and Whey
This smoothie blend is a great snack for after your CrossFit daily workout. Whey is also a great source of protein and after your workout, your body will crave protein in order to rebuild muscles. When you use protein powders, however, make sure they are natural and without any additives. Many many not be aware that the potassium from the banana works as an electrolyte as well as improving heart function and strengthening muscle so your body will appreciate the refreshing boost.
Coconut oil or coconut water is an up and coming super food! It has all you need when participating in a fitness workout, including fatty acids that your body loves and a great source of energy without the sugar! If you are using straight coconut oil, try a tablespoon before a workout and feel your energy rise.
Nuts and Seeds
Buy a premade mix or create your own trail mix with almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds, and dried cherries or cranberries (skip the milk chocolate). A handful of this powerful salty and sweet snack will boost your energy and give you additional protein. Or you could mix up a smoothie with peanuts, almond butter, almond milk, and chocolate protein powder for a reviving drink.
This sweet, complex carb is extremely healthy for you, including Vitamin C and B6, potassium, and fiber. With sweet potatoes, your energy will last throughout any difficult CrossFit daily workout. The B6 will help relieve stress, Vitamin C will help repair free radicals, and the potassium and fiber will keep your energy up after a tough workout.
Eggs will be on any healthy food list because they are rich in protein, B vitamins, and healthy fats. Start your day out right with an energy upgrade and eggs will also help keep you full longer. Eggs don’t have to be just for breakfast either, try a hard-boiled egg in a salad, or who can say no to breakfast for dinner?
Speaking of breakfast, a hot bowl of oatmeal (add honey for sweetness) makes a good pre-workout or post-workout snack. Whole grains like steel cut oats are full of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that help re-energize your body after a strenuous workout. Even though oatmeal is a carbohydrate, it doesn’t have a large amount of sugar.
Now you can start your morning with eggs and a bowl of oatmeal, have a morning snack of nuts and seeds, take a swig of coconut oil before your workout and a banana and whey smoothie after, and finish the night off with a sweet potato and lentil curry. Watch your sugar intake and portion size and you can be on your way to an energized workout. At our fitness and CrossFit center in Thornton, there’s no better way to master a daily workout with a healthy diet. Contact our personal trainers for more tips so you can get the most of your visits to the gym and CrossFit MOB center.