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Stamina: Bites with Benefits


Don’t let a lack of energy due to eating the wrong pre-workout/ pre-adventure/ pre-Weekend-Warrior foods hinder your stamina and make it harder to get though the tough spots, allowing you to reach that summit, pass the finish line, or simply do your best. Eat the right foods and you’ll be able to sustain your energy and power for hours!

Regulate Your Blood Sugar

Anything your body digests slowly is great if you’re concerned about your stamina. You don’t want a performance-killing blood sugar crash halfway up a mountain hike. Avoid melted power bars sticking to the inside of your backpack, and try one of these foods before rigorous activity that will give you energy for hours:

Oatmeal

Lentils

100% Whole Wheat Bread

Sweet Potatoes

Pinto Beans

Garbanzo Beans

Peanuts

Walnuts

Almonds

Cashews

Flaxseeds

Sunflower Seeds

 

Sustainable Energy

There is such a thing as good fats. While food like peanut butter have been shunned by dieters due to their high fat content, it actually contains good monounsaturated fat that can keep you satisfied throughout that long kayaking expedition. A little moderation with foods loaded with monounsaturated fat, and you can actually have fat working for you. Here are some other foods filled with these friendly fats:

Nuts

Vegetable Oils

Avocados

Natural Peanut Butter

Flax Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Oxygenate Your Muscles

 Your muscles need to breathe. Getting enough Iron will ensure that your body is producing the vital red blood cells that carry oxygen to working muscles. In order to enjoy fresh air outside, be sure your body is producing fresh air on the inside with these foods high in Iron:

Barley

Whole Wheat Bread

Oatmeal

Pasta

Lentils

Soybeans

Turnip Greens

Broccoli

Bok Choy

Dried Dates

Fish

Lean Red Meat

 

 

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