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SUPER FOODS AND HOW THEY CAN HELP YOUR PERFORMANCE

Tuesday 05 February 2013

Meet the superfoods.

When you’re pushing yourself to the limit, you should think about your diet and how it can best support a healthy, active body. You’re getting good results, feeling healthy, but is there a feeling that you could get one step further with even better nutrition? Luckily, there’s more information available than ever before. As we close in on nutrition month in March, let’s take a look at some of the most popular superfoods and see if they can help you reach the next level and make tomorrow’s workout better.

From Greece, with protein.

A rising star in the dairy section, Greek yogurt has many things to recommend it. It’s higher in protein (in some cases double the protein content of non-Greek yogurt choices). It’s also lower in both sodium and sugar, and has a rich, creamy texture that makes it appealing. As well, always be sure to look for the 100% Canadian Milk logo to find dairy products made entirely with quality Canadian ingredients.

All hail kale.

Kale is one powerful veggie. It’s an anti-oxidant, it’s packed with fiber, and it’s a good source of Vitamin A and even calcium. With that many impressive qualities, it might be time to start working more kale into your diet. You’ll find it’s versatile enough to be part of salads or side dishes as well. Having trouble finding it? You can also get many of the same benefits from broccoli.

Berry good.

There are several berries that could be called superfoods. You’ve probably noticed that acai and goji berries have been getting a lot of the attention these days. Both have exotic histories and promise several health benefits, but the main benefit each provides is as an anti-oxidant for heart health. If you have any issues tracking them down, you  may find that simple blueberries accomplish much of the same and are available everywhere.

Quinoa with wow.

When it comes to superfoods, it doesn’t get much better than quinoa. An average serving has twice the protein of other cereal grains, fewer carbs and even a dose of healthy fats. It’s also considered a complete protein, which means it has the amino acids you need to build muscle.

Still on top.

No list of superfoods would be complete without including the 16 essential nutrients in chocolate milk. To have a better workout tomorrow, it’s important to ensure you’re getting the right amount of nutrients in your diet today. Drinking chocolate milk within 30 minutes of an intense workout can help provide the fluids, carbs and protein your body needs to rehydrate, refuel and recharge. It’s a great way to make tomorrow’s workout better today. For more, bookmark rechargewithmilk.ca for all the latest news, events and updates throughout the year.

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