Blueberries are rich in anti-oxidants and have all sorts of cancer-fighting properties. Research has also suggested that blueberries have anti-aging properties. They are especially great for fighting inflammation. If you’re an athlete, you have and will suffer from inflammation at some point. Use the power of good nutrition with foods like blueberries instead of relying too much on NSAIDS (i.e. Aspirin).
Walnuts are a good source of the essential fatty acid ALA (alpha linolenic acid) and are also a good source of anti-oxidants. They are a great snack option to provide long-term sustained energy. It’s a good idea to rotate walnuts in your diet with other healthy nuts like almonds and macadamia nuts. As you already know, nuts are very calorie dense, so be mindful if how many you eat!
Spinach is incredible. Popeye was definitely onto something with this superfood. Spinach is extremely nutrient dense – it’s a great source of magnesium, zinc and a bunch of vitamins. Spinach is loaded in anti-oxidants as well. I think spinach is so important that you should be eating it several times a week. Fresh raw spinach as part of a salad, or steamed as part of another dish – just make sure you get this in you on a regular basis.
Organic Eggs are an awesome source of protein. Just one large egg delivers about 70 calories and roughly 7 grams of protein, with a full spectrum of amino acids. Contrary to what many conventional “experts” might say whole eggs are not bad for you at all. In fact, the yolk provides vitamins such as A, and D that are not found in egg whites. I’ve got no preference as far as how you prepare you eggs – scrambled, poached, over easy, but I would not suggest eating them every day. Eggs are one of those foods that you can develop intolerance to if you eat them too often. They are great – just eat them in moderation.
Grass Fed Beef is another fantastic protein source, delivering the full spectrum of amino acids to help you repair muscle tissue after a hard workout. We prefer grass-fed beef first of all, because grass is consistent with the natural diet of a cow. Corn, soy and the unknown animal byproducts produced by the conventional farming industry are really not designed for cows to consume. The fact is corn and soy is extremely cheap and enables the cows to gain weight faster. Grass fed beef has a higher CLA content than conventionally raised beef (CLA is an essential fatty acid that can improve your overall body composition) and is higher in Omega 3’s than conventionally raised beef. Bottom line: beef builds muscle. Get it in you!