The famous saying that you are what you eat is rather true, especially when it comes to endurance athletes who need to incorporate superfoods into their daily diets in order to maximize their energy, endurance, performance and health. So even if you are not an endurance athlete, but want to be super, here are 5 foods that boost endurance.
This grainy and gluten-free superfood that can be eaten at any meal is a popular staple in the diets of endurance athletes. And it has been even since the time of the Incas who used it to build their warriors stamina and assisted them in running long distances at high altitudes. Not only is it very simple to make as it cooks within 15 minutes, but it also is full of both protein and carbohydrates. It also contains all nine of the essential amino acids, as well as magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc and manganese. It’s basically magic for athletes.
Kale is a leafy green full of nutrients which are essential for athletes. It contains vitamins such as vitamin C, magnesium, folate, iron and zinc. It is very easy to add kale into your diet, and can even be put into a smoothie. It’s also delicious served as a side dish with some olive oil and garlic. You will feel stronger and healthier within no time.
Bananas for endurance are a rather no-brainer since they are found pretty much on every list for before and after sports fueling. They are the ideal food to have half an hour before an endurance race since they are full of potassium and complex carbohydrates. They help reduce cramping and also help the functioning of the cardiovascular system. So go bananas.
Chia is a whole grain plant-based source of complete protein. For example, while peanut butter or beans are still proteins, they are incomplete. They need to be combined with something else in order to provide all of the nutrients. Chia is a gift of nature like no other which was used by the Mayans and Aztecs as their main source of energy. It can be added to basically everything but is mostly suggested to be put in baked goods, cereals or smoothies for the tastiest way to increase your endurance.
As Popeye showed us, iron is essential for a healthy body. Although he opted for spinach to get his iron, lean beef contains iron as well and is ideal for gaining endurance and strength. Iron is needed for endurance athletes and without sufficient amounts, athletes will tire out. Lean beef is also a great source of protein, and there’s like nothing like a juicy steak to reward yourself after an intense session.