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10 Health Foods for Women Who Work Out

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10 Health Foods for Women Who Work Out

Along with exercise, a smart diet helps form the basis of
any healthy fitness plan. The best part about these foods is that, not only
will they complement your fitness routine, they taste great. Just mix and match
these bad boys and you’ll have tasty meals fit for a queen.

Bananas

Bananas are the perfect food to eat after a workout. They’re
packed with the potassium you need to reduce the effects of muscle cramps after
strenuous excercise. That’s because potassium is useful in replacing sweat
losses. Never forget the carbohydrates that give you energy to push even
further.

Salmon

Salmon is full of protein, vitamin D, and heart-friendly omega-3’s.
Omega-3’s are a must for active women – they even boost mood and help to fight
depression.

Blueberries

Surprise! Wild blueberries may prevent the physical and
mental effects of aging. They contain a compound called anthocyanins that are the
cream of the antioxidant crop.

Broccoli

These crunchy guys might have been on the top of our hate
lists when we were kids, but now that we know better, we know that the good
stuff in them may control the influence of excess estrogen and fight the development
of breast cancer. Broccoli is also packed with vitamins A and D.

Avocados

Avocados have monosaturated fatty acids that help fight
belly fat, so they help you make the most of your abs workout. Avocados are
rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamins B6, K and E.

Red Beans

These little dynamos are another big asset in the fight
against excess fat. Beans contain protein, folate, antioxidants and fiber.
Resistant starch is a kind of fiber that makes you feel full more quickly and
also promotes the body’s fat-burning ability.

Olive Oil

Long a staple in heart healthy Mediterranean diets, olive
oil also has been shown, in a recent study from Columbia University, to have the
potential to prevent breast cancer and fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Almonds

Almonds lower cholesterol and could help you to lose weight.
Studies have suggested that those who indulge in almonds both lose weight and
keep it off.

Sweet Potatoes

Who says you don’t need carbs? You need the good ones, and sweet
potatoes are enriched with them. Sweet potatoes are also rich in
cancer-fighting antioxidants and potassium.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are as rich in antioxidants as red peppers are.
And incorporated into a regular diet, mushrooms of various varieties could help
reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 64%.

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