Get the most out of your workouts and aid recovery with the following top 6 fitness foods:

(1). Chocolate Milk – an age old favourite for some athletes.  Contains the two ingredients needed after a workout.  Carbs to give energy and protein to repair muscles.

(2). Dried Fruit – high in natural sugars, dried fruit such as apricots, mango and raisins, give a concentrated source of carbs, providing a great energy booster.  You will also receive a dose of fibre, potassium, vitamins and minerals with every mouthful.

(3). Green Veg – such as Broccoli, Kale, Spinach and Green Cabbage are some of the most nutrient-dense foods you will find.  Free radical busting anti-oxidants, plus digestion promoting fibre and a whole array of vitamins and minerals.  A great source of folate, good for heart health and for women wanting to conceive.  These plant-based foods offer a healthy dose of bone-building calcium and can be a good alternative to dairy products.  Low calcium levels put you at risk of stress fractures, especially in endurance sports.  Make sure you get enough calcium in your diet.

(4). Bananas – the perfect fitness food, compact, soft to chew, light weight to carry, packed with nutrients.

Slightly higher in energy than other fruits, but the calories come mainly from Carbs, which makes them brilliant and ideal for refuelling the body before, during and after a workout.  Also packed with potassium, which may ease muscle cramps during exercise.

(5). Salmon – a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids believed to keep the heart healthy and slow down the effects of memory loss.  Salmon is also packed with protein and is a great post-exercise meal.  Protein rebuilds and repairs muscles, so is the nutrient to fill up on after a workout.

(6). Brazil Nuts – packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre, as well as acting as one of the few good sources of Selenium, a mineral and micronutrient which helps to maintain a healthy immune system and helps protect against heart disease and cancers.  The good fats in nuts help lower bad cholesterol levels, but be wary they can be high in calories if you nibble too much.

Increasing exercise levels can make you more hungry.  Choose our snack foods that pack in the nutrients and curb hunger pangs.

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