Peter's Top Foods for Refueling the Body

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I would definitely say that I am in the majority of the population when I say that I love to eat. With working out 6 days a week I need to continue to refuel my body from each workout and prepare it with the proper nutrients to be able to workout the next day.

My top 7 choices to help refuel my body are consuming a protein drink or bar, chicken breast, brown rice, sweet potatoes,bananas, fruit smoothies, and almonds.

I'm not too picky when it comes to selecting a protein to drink. However, my preference is usually Myoplex. Most protein supplements are very good for you, it usually just comes down to what tastes best while keeping the carbohydrates low. Chicken is another of my top picks because of its high protein content.

Brown rice and sweet potatoes serve as great sources to get in healthy carbohydrates to help refuel. Brown rice contains a high daily value of manganese which helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids, which are important for a healthy nervous system. Sweet potatoes contain antioxidant nutrients in addition to having anti-inflammatory benefits.

Bananas are a great source for potassium, which helps lower blood pressure and in turn helps with muscle contractions. I'm not a huge fruit eater to be honest so in order to get in my fruit I make a strawberry and blueberry smoothie. Both of these fruits are very high in Vitamin C. They also both contain a high percentage of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits to the body.

Lastly, almonds serve as a great source of healthy fat. Almonds are great for your heart and are great for reducing LDL levels. Not that I just live off of these foods but a good ratio of these 7 choices serve as a great basis for a good solid healthy eating plan. So next time that you head to the grocery store try to get these items added into your cart.

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