Be careful of the number of calories you eat if your daily energy expenditure has decreased. Think about the foods and beverages that you put into your body as tools to prevent illnesses, promote longevity, and power the activities you do.
There is always an offseason or break in training when you find yourself a few pounds heavier than what you prefer. Always try to match your caloric intake with your energy expenditure. During the offseason or holiday, try to make sure your diet consists of balanced foods, and use this time to try new foods. The colour “green” is a definite go-to for better health.
Below you will find the best foods to eat during the offseason, or anytime really!
Avocados Avocados are packed with nutrients: 20 vitamins and minerals into a creamy, versatile meal. In addition to fibre, avocados contain monounsaturated fatty acids that are great for your heart. Use avocado in place of mayonaise on a sandwich, throw it in a shake, find an easy soup recipe (hot or cold), or just eat it right out of its skin.
Spinach Whether you eat it cooked or in salad, spinach is also packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre, and all this for only 7 calories per cup.
Broccoli Broccoli is another green food that is great raw or cooked. Filled with vitamins K, C, A and B’s, it also contains folate, fibre and potassium. Try dicing it up into small pieces and eating it with your other salad accompaniments or throwing it into soups.
Kiwi fruit This small fruit is filled with vitamins A, C and E and has as much potassium as a banana. Kiwi seeds contain alpha linoleic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid that repairs tissues and helps fight inflammation.
Green Tea Research promoting the health benefits of green tea has been published all over for the last decade. It is a wonderful antioxidant that helps with blood flow, heart health, cholesterol, and improving immune function and preventing cell damage. Green tea also contains the amino acid theanine (sometimes referred to as L-theanine), which can help you remain calm and focused.
Edamame Edamame are soybeans in the pods that are picked before they mature. Appearing often as an appetizer in Japanese restaurants, they can be found in health shops. They’re easy to cook, mildly flavored, and are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, essential fatty acids and protein. You can also find them freeze dried for grab-and-go snacking.
In the end, always try to match your caloric intake with your energy expenditure.
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