Nutrition is an indispensable element for any athlete or sporting hobbyist.
For bodybuilders, nutrition is absolutely crucial since the body itself is the canvas of the sport. The body can only be as good as what you put into it hence the use of super foods is an idea any bodybuilder can get on board with.
Even if you are not looking to be competitive in the sport, having a super physique is still like an attractive proposition.
There are a handful of super foods and each is both versatile and delicious.
Your inner-child may squirm and wince at the idea of broccoli being a super food but without a doubt the bulbous green is great for the body.
Broccoli contains sulforphane which is a great cancer-fighting fuel for the body. It can help shrink away prostate tumors when combined with foods high in lycopene (bright red carotene) like tomatoes.
Broccoli is also both nutrient-dense and highly filling. That means that you can eat less food with more of your daily needs fulfilled.
For those looking to cut weight or lower caloric intake, broccoli is a fantastic option. The stalk is also surprisingly sweet and can help curb sugar cravings. Also, raw broccoli stalk also helps clean one’s teeth.
The red staple of Italian cuisine is high in lycopene. The antioxidant helps offset cardiovascular disease. It is also a perfect companion to the aforementioned green.
When combined with broccoli on a daily basis, tomatoes help shrink prostate tumors. Tomato also has high water content and is full of nutrients when eaten raw. It can go in almost any type of meal and, when cooked, the absorption rate of its nutrients increases. Thus, not only does it up the flavor of a meal but it is an item that cries out to be cooked.
While eggs have something of a bad reputation due to their relation to high blood pressure, they are also an amazing source of protein. Not only is the egg a great way to attain protein but it is also a smart choice because of the type of protein that it provides.
The chicken egg is the closest natural form of complete protein that a person can get in a single serving. For the bodybuilder, it is clear why this food is a “super food.” For those who are interested in bodybuilding, the egg is a godsend for between-meal snacks and reenergizing quick bites when eaten in moderation.
High levels of potassium and water make this summertime food a great addition to any bodybuilder’s diet.
Potassium is known for lowering the possibility of high blood pressure. Studies have shown that watermelon slices can contain more of the nutrient than a banana.
The high level of water content also makes the watermelon a great post-workout snack. And the melon can also be used before or during a workout. This is because watermelon will not cause nausea or fullness like so many other foods. Plus, the water content means that you are hydrating while giving your body nutrients to absorb.
Of course, one thing these foods can not do is the job of making you fit all by themselves. To expand and develop properly, you will need a combination of workout and consuming of these super foods.