CrossFit places huge demands on the body so it is imperative that you support your training by eating the correct foods. The list of foods below have been put together based on the inflammation factor, the ORAC scale, Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) rating and the Naturally Nutrient Rich (NNR) score.
Regardless whether you want to put on muscle, lose fat or just fuel for performance, making these foods a regular part of your diet will help you achieve your goals.
Besides adding huge amounts of flavour to most meals, garlic really is a nutritional powerhouse. It ranks high on the anti – inflammatory scale, contains high levels of manganese, selenium and vitamin C, has been linked to improved cardiovascular health and can help lower oxidative stress.
How to use –
- Simply add chopped or crushed garlic to most of your meals when cooking.
- Another great way is to roast a whole bulb of garlic in the oven for 30 – 35 minutes.
6. SPICES: CINNAMON, TUMERIC, CLOVES, CUMIN
Spices and herbs are at the top of all of the healthiest foods on the planet. Simply put these four offer the most benefit with regard to lowering inflammation, boosting recovery and improving overall health. I cannot stress the importance of adding these into your nutrition plan! The issue is getting enough of them to reap the benefits that are stated in the research. So use these tips to help you to start dropping some spice bombs –
How to use –
- Make marinades
- Add to smoothies
- Make stews and chillis
- Add to stir frys
- Make tumeric or chai tea
- Add to vegetables when roasting
- weight-loss-exercise-vs-diet: Right photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.