The 7 Best Foods for Athletes

Sweet Potatoes


These underrated starches are high potassium and the antioxidant beta carotene, both of which promote muscle recovery. Sweet potatoes are excellent sources of manganese and copper – nutrients that are essential for healthy muscle function. Fuel up with sweet potatoes a couple of hours before a workout or post-workout to replace lost electrolytes.



Beans are a powerful trio of fiber rich carbs, protein, and antioxidants. Carbs fuel your workout while protein and antioxidants promote muscle recovery. A half-cup serving offers 11g of protein and 7g of fiber. Add them to salads, soups, burritos, or salsa. Enjoy your beans a few hours before or after a workout since the high fiber content makes them difficult to digest.

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