While nutrition is important during training, you don’t have to completely sacrifice all the foods you love in order to take your fitness to the next level… a little indulgence can go a long way.
Carbs are not the enemy! Energy is released at a reduced rate after wholegrain bread meaning you can get more out of your workout. Wholegrain bread also means increased fibre, vitamins and minerals which increase your energy. Thus, to help yourself go the extra mile (literally!) have a piece or two before a workout.
All you cheese lovers will be happy to know that, as well as various flavours, cheese also comes with various health benefits. It can offer sources of calcium, which gives us healthy, strong bones, regulates muscle contractions and provides protein and carbs which in turn aid performance.
Luckily for us, not all types of cheese contain the same amount of nutrition so you don’t have to skimp out on flavour either. For example, cheddar can offer a boost in calcium, where cottage cheese can give you an enhancement in protein. The flavours of cheese sandwiches are almost endless!
Red meat doesn’t have to be ruled entirely out of your diet plan either. A beef steak is high in protein which not only aids the repair of muscles after a workout but also maintains hydration and builds/maintains muscle. Red meat is also high in iron which increases red blood cells resulting in the reduction of tiredness during exercise.
So, if you’re longing for a tender steak you can dig right in! Pair it with mixed greens and vegetables such as broccoli, peas and carrots, to make a delicious, healthy meal.
Dark chocolate is good for your cravings and your health. Not only is it delicious, but it also contains a nutrient which produces nitric oxide. This increases endurance and strength during a workout as well as aids the removal of lactic acid which means fatigue and recovery time is reduced.
However, like all good things, chocolate must be consumed in moderation. 40 grams with a bowl of fruit and/or nuts is the perfect amount to give you that boost you need.
While it is easy to over indulge in delicious foods, remember to pair them with something healthy so you can enjoy good food and not feel bad about it!