5 Best Foods for Athletes & Performance

July 31, 2017

[Below is my transcript of my video about the best foods for athletic performance, along with supplemental information on the topic.]

What I want to share with you today are the best foods for athletes and athletic performance — essentially, helping you learn how to eat like an athlete and get into the best shape of your life. Also, these fat-burning foods will really help you get lean.

And so, the top five foods you should be consuming are going to help hydration, recovery, build muscle fast and overall increase your energy levels.

Top 5 Foods for Athletic Performance

1. Coconut Oil

The first food you should add in to increase athletic performance is coconut, especially coconut oil. It turns out that one of the many coconut oil uses is helping produce energy for performance. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides, and your body can actually not just burn sugar and fat for energy but also coconut. It’s why triathletes and marathon runners are starting to consume more coconut oil. So start using coconut oil in your cooking and coconut milk in your smoothies.

2. Chia Seeds

The second superfood that can increase athletic performance are chia seeds. The benefits of chia seeds were known by Aztec warriors as warriors’ food or runners’ food. In fact, the Aztec warriors carried a little pouch on their side, and they would consume a tablespoon of chia. They said one tablespoon of chia seeds was worth a day’s energy. There’s also great studies out of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning on this, including how it’s a new way of carbohydrate loading.

Confused about how to consume these energy boosters? Try one of these chia seed recipes. For example, add one tablespoon of chia seeds to a morning smoothie, or you can also have some chia with some honey and eat it as a snack between workouts.

3. Quality Protein

The third food you should consume that’s going to help increase athletic performance and recovery is getting a good quality protein, especially a whey or collagen protein. You know protein benefits, including whey protein benefits, include helping to build muscle and burn fat; plus it’s vital for recovery, yet most athletes surprisingly don’t get enough protein.

So it’s key to add a good quality, natural, organic type of whey protein — not one that has all those artificial sweeteners in it — as well as get plenty of good quality protein foods, like grass-fed beef, organic chicken and turkey. These are some of the most essential, best foods for athletes.

4. Berries

The next superfood you need to be getting in to increase athletic performance are more high-antioxidant foods and specifically antioxidant-rich berries. The health benefits of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, goji berries, etc., include having the highest levels of antioxidants among fruits. Antioxidants absolutely help with cellular regeneration, healing muscular tissue and recovery after exercise.

5. Coconut Water

The fifth superfood you’ve got to be getting to increase athletic performance is coconut water. Coconut water is food for you because it’s packed with potassium and electrolytes. It’s actually known as “nature’s Gatorade.” So if you want to recover faster and increase athletic performance, add in some of nature’s Gatorade by drinking more coconut water — also known as coconut juice.

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