Fueling your body properly is pretty much the most important part of having a body in the first place, especially if you use it a lot -- no secret, right? I'm sure you hear a lot about the many superfoods out there, and all the wonderful benefits they can promise for your body. But if you spend a lot of time at the gym, I'm sure you've wondered which superfoods are best to eat before your workout for optimal energy.
No matter what your tastes or preferences are, adding some of these magical, fuel-packed foods can really help you move freely, stay healthy, recover more quickly, and feel sustainably energized.
Snack on one of these 10 superfoods so you can absolutely crush your next sweat sesh.
1. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are full of protein, zinc, iron and magnesium -- all good for muscular health and bone strength.
The high levels of oleic acid in avocados help with cellular repair and work to reduce inflammation in the body.
Plus, this trendy food is seriously high in fiber and healthy fats, and some studies show they can keep you feeling fuller, longer.
Those omega-3 fatty acids and protein make this superfood a serious go-to for prime energy and satiation before you hit the gym.
4. Hemp Seeds
These little guys are a plant protein that give you all the essential amino acids your body needs to maintain and build muscle.
Added bonus? Hemp seeds are great for the immune system.
They're super easy to add to your oats, your smoothies, or you can even sprinkle 'em on some veggies.
Trust me, they're good for so much more than just making you poop.
Eating prunes can help increase bone strength and density, thanks to the superfood's vitamin K, magnesium, potassium, and boron.
A handful of prunes will give you a nice jolt of easy-to-digest fuel before you get your sweat on.
Walnuts are packed with omega-3's, alpha-linolenic acid, vitamin E, manganese, copper, and even melatonin -- good for the bones, coordination, and they help you sleep? Yes, please!
Pop a few before you head into your next workout.
Not only do oats lower your cholesterol, but they're also a low-glycemic carbohydrate, which basically means they take a while to digest, and they don't spike your blood sugar.
Eat these bad boys for a sustained and slower release of energy when you need it most, like right before you get into that seemingly impossible set of burpees you have planned.
The vitamin K in spinach has been linked to decreases in bone fracturing, and it also helps to improve absorption of calcium.
Spinach also happens to be rich in iron, which helps the body use energy as efficiently as possible.
9. Brown Rice
So simple, yet so good.
As an excellent source of magnesium, brown rice provides most of your daily need for the trace mineral manganese, which actually helps to create energy from protein and carbs, and to synthesize fatty acids.
It may be a little old school, but having some bran flakes can help reduce inflammation, due to their high fiber content.
Good luck at the grocery store!