Yogurt packs a powerful punch of protein and a high dose of calcium to keep muscles and bones strong. Feeling drained after a long or intense run? Protein is essential for post-workout recovery and Greek yogurt is a great snack option. Bonus: yogurt may promote fat loss, especially in the tummy area.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed can ease joint pain and decrease inflammation in the body — just what athletes need! Flaxseed is an excellent source of fiber which can prevent digestive pains and issues while training. Sprinkle some on your oatmeal or bake up a batch of almond and flaxseed granola.
Athletes have a higher blood volume than most which makes their iron stores deplete faster. The body also loses iron through sweating. An iron deficiency equals zero energy to train. Keep your levels up by eating lean beef, one of the best sources of complete iron. Not into meat? Get your iron in veggie form with soybeans, pumpkin, swiss chard, collard greens, oatmeal, and lentils.