The sun is shining at least two days a week now which can only mean one thing....summer is coming! Your holiday is booked, you've stocked up on your Robert & Son shorts, your body goals are set! But all that hard work may be for nothing if your diet game isn't on point! Here are some of the best super-foods out there to get the most out of your hard work in the gym to help you look and feel amazing.
A popular alternative to rice and couscous, quinoa boasts some amazing health benefits. These small grains produce all 9 amino acids that our bodies can’t produce themselves, most importantly lysine which aids muscle growth and repair. It also packs an impressive 8 grams of protein per cup serving. Eat this as a balanced lunch to get your body repairing after your morning session or as part of a post work out meal.
High in fibre, berries are naturally sweet, and their rich colours mean they are high in antioxidants and disease-fighting nutrients. Berries are also great for any inflammatory problems caused from repetitive strain while training.
Its high soluble fiber count means that it is proven to lower cholesterol and heart disease. It also prolongs feelings of hunger meaning a full bowl for breakfast can last you through to lunch no problem. Most importantly for tuning your beach bod though is that it speeds up metabolism so you can convert those proteins to muscle mass even faster. Instead of drowning your porridge in sugars or jams why not opt for peanut butter or blueberries to give a sweeter taste.
Fish can be a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent heart disease. Salmon is one of the best out there, with 17 grams of protein per 3 ounce serving. Salmon’s omega 3 has also been linked to protecting you from UV skin damage so you can hit the sands knowing this little fish has your skins back.
Ginger is great for relaxing muscles and aiding repair. Purists will argue that these guys should be eaten raw to get the most benefits as heat breaks down the cells, but using them in cooking is still a massive health boost and a flavor champion. You can easily incorporate ginger into your diet as simple as a homemade lemon and ginger tea.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds which have strong anti-inflammatory effects. It's also great to help aid relaxation after a hard workout.
Garlic is always a popular culinary ingredient due to its distinct flavor, but it has also been used for its medicinal benefits. Research indicates that garlic may be effective in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as supporting immune function
Mushrooms have a unique antioxidant content, they also play an important role in reducing inflammation, great for those leg days!
All of these foods are great for aiding your beach body workouts but remember a little of everything does not hurt and it is always important to have a healthy balance in your diet.