Superfoods are whole foods filled with properties that combat an assortment of ailments, meaning more superfoods in your diet can bolster your health while protecting you from chronic disease risks.
While getting any superfoods in your diet is recommended, there are select foods that are extra-beneficial when it comes to fueling your workouts.
As Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RDN, explains, they can help build and repair muscles, assist in hydration, and balance energy regardless of whether you eat them pre-or-post workout.
Here are three of the best, most accessible superfoods you’ll want to incorporate into your diet to power your spring and summer workouts:
Bazilian suggests eating apricots for a low-calorie, high-fiber dose of vitamins A and C, “important for keeping our immune system functioning at its best, our skin healthy, and preserving vision as we age.”
Try mashing the unheralded fruit in a salsa for chicken or fish, adding them to pancake batter or, of course, eating them on their own.
Is there anything avocados can’t do?
The trendy fruit has seemingly found a home in virtually every dish these days, and that’s not a bad thing. In The SuperfoodsRx Diet, Bazilian praises the pick: “A source of 20 vitamins and minerals, avocados also help make us feel fuller longer due to their fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.”
Bazilian, the author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet, is a big advocate of this antioxidant powerhouse and heart-shaped fruit.
“Vitamin C is essential to a healthy immune system, helping wounds heal properly, building and maintaining cartilage, and keeping your skin healthy and vital, too,” she says.
Strawberries are perfect for your morning oatmeal, or your lunch salad.
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