All health foods are not created equally, and if you want to get in peak shape, you should build your diet around the most nutrient-dense, muscle-growing, immune-boosting foods of all. Below is a list of 7 superstar health foods, that are jam-packed with antioxidants to scavenge free radicals created during training, as well as essential nutrients for strength building, endurance, and recovery.
Quinoa is a naturally gluten-free grain from the Andes mountains and it has a mild, light flavor, making it palatable even for ‘whole grain’ haters. It’s a shame that this super-nutritious grain isn’t more well known. It contains a hefty dose of antioxidants, healthy unsaturated fats, fiber, B vitamins (which helps boost energy) and magnesium. Plus it supplies more protein than any other grain out there (16 grams per cup).
2. Red Spinach
Red Spinach contains a mere 7 calories per serving and almost your entire days’ worth of beta carotene which fights free radicals and supports healthy vision, skin, and immunity. It’s also loaded with fiber and is a great source of calcium and vitamin C (which helps support bone health). If you don’t like raw spinach, try adding it to soups, wraps, pasta dishes or smoothies.
* try taking Stay Young AM to support your immune system, circulation and consume natural ingredients such as red spinach, leaf powder, beetroot and more.
Broccoli is low in calories and fat and contains more protein than most other vegetables. It’s also high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, calcium and potassium making it good for the circulatory system, bones, and fighting colds. But what really makes it shine is the fact that it contains diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM helps to clear toxic excess estrogens from the body, which reduces the risk for breast, uterine and colon cancer, and helps reverse symptoms of estrogen dominance, such as belly fat, muscle loss, and acne.
*If you have estrogen dominance symptoms and are having a difficult time losing belly fat and gaining muscle, try taking DIM 259 to accelerate the clearing of estrogens and turbocharge your fitness results.
4. Black Beans
Black Beans contain 15 grams of fiber per serving, which is more fiber per ounce than any other bean or legume. They also contain a highly complex form of carbohydrates that makes you feel full and energized for hours. Plus they are extremely low in fat (less than 1 gram), and contain a notable 15 grams of protein per serving.
5. Green Tea
Green tea is virtually calorie-free (it contains less than 3 calories per cup), and it’s loaded with antioxidants. Studies have found so many benefits associated with green tea consumption, a few of which include: weight loss, diabetes control, a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, and potentially even protection from Alzheimer’s. Green tea also has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and neuroprotective properties, helping to fend off colds and flu and boost your brain and skin health. Enjoy it hot or cold in place of coffee, or as a natural energizer before workouts.
6. Sweet Potatoes
One medium-sized sweet potato contains 100 calories and provides notable amounts of iron, vitamin C and E, and more than 100% of your daily supply of beta carotene. This particular combination of antioxidants and nutrients offers many benefits for athletes, including enhanced recovery time, cellular support, and protection from the damaging effects of extreme workout environments.
Almonds are high in fiber, protein, magnesium, vitamin E, and healthy unsaturated fats. They support the health of your skin, bones, heart, brain and digestive system. They are calorie-dense however there is no need to avoid them if you are watching your weight. According to a study at Loma Linda University in California, adding two ounces of almonds to the diet on a regular basis did not lead to any significant weight changes. The researchers speculate that many of the calories in almonds are not actually absorbed by the body because their texture is so hard.
A wholefood, plant-based diet that includes these 7 foods, will certainly give you a leg up fitness-wise. However, there may still be days when you need extra support, and I have created completely safe and natural energy and endurance booster called Power and Speed to help you. It is formulated with green tea, ginseng, cordyceps, Kudzu and guarana for a quick and noticeable increase in alertness, concentration, performance, and strength, without jitters or a comedown effect.