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Fitness Begins in the Kitchen

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Sat, Feb 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

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You’ve heard the phrase “fitness begins in the kitchen”, right? The truth is, most of your personal fitness stems back to what you put in your body. This of your body as a machine. Of course, you can function with different types of “fuel”, however, to be at the top of your game you should only be fueled up with foods that serve your body well. Let’s take a look at ten foods you should be consuming on a regular basis.

 

  1. Broccoli is one of the best foods for your body. Just one cup of steamed broccoli can pack in over 100% of your daily vitamin C, as well as a handful of other nutrients. Also, you can enjoy loads of broccoli without guilt, as one cup harbors less than half a gram of fat and only 35 calories!


  1. Eggs are a great way to fuel your body. With 6g of protein, just one egg with your morning piece of fruit can be enough to hold you over through the morning. Keep portion sizes in mind, however, as two eggs can put you over your suggested daily cholesterol.


  1. Spinach is the ultimate low-calorie source of valuable nutrients. In just one cup of raw spinach, you will be fueled with over 50% of your suggested daily vitamin A, along with a fair share of vitamin C and other nutrients! You can also enjoy spinach knowing that a one-cup serving will only run you 7 calories!


  1. Black beans pack a nutritional punch! Not only are they an incredible source of protein, but you can also feel good about the iron and fiber! Mix a serving in with some brown rice and salsa for a delicious Mexican-style dish. You can also try subbing in different types of beans, as many have excellent nutritional value.


  1. Salmon is a delicious way to pack in a load of nutrients. First of all, a half filet of wild-caught salmon can provide as much as 40g of protein! In addition, salmon also offers a large dose of vitamin B6, B12, and potassium. Put this on a plate with some healthy veggies!


  1. Walnuts are a delicious source of omega-3 fatty acids. The protein, in combination with healthy fats, make this a perfect snack to hold you over between meals. Keep a small pack with you at work to keep you from reaching for the candy bowl!


  1. Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants. A one cup serving offers about 25% of your daily suggested vitamin C, as well as 14% of your daily dietary fiber! Mix a few in with some nonfat Greek yogurt for a delicious start to your morning.


  1. Quinoa has been around for ages but has gained widespread popularity over the past few years. Quinoa is one of the most nutritious foods in the world, as it offers a notable amount of nutrition including fiber, protein, vitamin B, and potassium! It should be a go-to item in your kitchen!


  1. Avocados are an excellent source of vitamin B6, C, potassium, and fiber! Although it’s often used in guacamole, avocados can be used without extra ingredients as a healthy spread on sandwiches or whole wheat crackers.


  1. Edamame makes for a perfect snack in the kitchen or on the go! Belonging to the legume family, Edamame is a soybean boiled or steamed in the pods. A one cup serving of these can fill you with 17 grams of protein, as well as an impressive amount of dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, and other vitamins. Cook up a batch and keep them on hand at the office!


No matter how much physical activity you pack into your day, it can all be null and void without the proper nutrition. Fueling your body with the right foods can make a world of difference in your physical fitness!


In addition to a healthy diet and moderate exercise, we recommend that you look into our natural supplement 7-Keto®. 7-Keto is a metabolite that has been extensively studied for various benefits including weight, metabolic rate, memory and others.  In randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled research, 7-Keto has shown to support loss of body weight 2.9x better than placebo after eight weeks.



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