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Fitness Foods

5 fitness foods that will help fuel your body properly to get the most from your workouts and to aid recovery. Next time you’re at the supermarket make sure you stock up on these staples…

Banana

Bananas are the perfect fitness food: compact, unfussy, soft to chew, and packed with nutrients. Don’t be too quick to bin the peel however – Taiwanese nutritionists found the peel is not only packed with even more potassium, but mood-boosting serotonin and eye-protecting lutein, too. Try the whole banana – peel and all – in a smoothie.

Tomatoes

As well as being loaded with vitamin C, tomatoes contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene, which gives the fruit their lovely letterbox-red colour. Lycopene has been making headlines for a few years now as a powerful nutrient to help prevent prostate cancer in men.

Sweet potatoes

Mash, roast or turn into chips – sweet potatoes are ultra versatile and are a healthier choice than regular potatoes, with disease-fighting beta-carotene, iron, fibre and vitamin C.

Brazil nuts

All nuts are packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre, but Brazil nuts are also one of the few good sources of selenium, a mineral and micronutrient which helps to maintain a healthy immune system and can help protect against heart disease and cancers. The heart-healthy ‘good’ fats in nuts help to lower bad cholesterol levels, but be wary: they can be high in calories if you nibble too many.

Cocoa

Cocoa is especially nutritious, rich in magnesium, antioxidants and amino acids. To get the full benefit you need to get as close to the whole bean as possible. Cocoa nibs or powder are best – sprinkle on yoghurt, fruit or add to granola.

 

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