Exercise is a key factor in helping you stay lean and healthy. We are all aware that we need to exercise so that we stimulate our metabolism, develop toned muscles and help reduce certain illnesses and diseases. Exercise alone however is not enough and we have to make sure we are eating the right foods for our bodies. Are you someone that exercises regularly but struggles to eat the right foods? What are some good foods to eat? Well, here are my top 5 foods I think you should be eating everyday to achieve a lean and healthy body.
The first food is oats. Possibly my favourite food as it offers some great benefits to your body. This delicious carbohydrate food is slow releasing that will give you lots of energy over a large amount of time. It is fairly high in fibre and has a good protein count too which is important when consuming this food at breakfast. If you wanted to go one step further, you could think about adding other foods to it. Try including cinnamon, honey or some berries to go with it. If you really wanted to make it the ultimate breakfast food, you can even add your whey protein to it, making this breakfast probably your most favourite meal of the day.
My second food you should be eating everyday without fail is eggs. If you are a vegetarian and struggle to get protein look no further than these beauties. Eggs are great and you can eat them whole knowing that you aren't harming your body with having too much cholesterol. With every egg you will get an average of 6 grams of protein and if you eat the yolks you will be consuming the nine essential amino acids which is important for muscle development. Remember muscle tone within the body is responsible for a fast working and effective metabolism. Eggs are and will be a top food of mine and they have helped me achieve my lean and healthy physique.
Food number 3 has to be berries. Collectively blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and cranberries are fruits you want to include in your diet. Ok, I know I have cheated a little by grouping them together in the berry category but I couldn't miss them out. Each and every berry has a unique role to play within the body and they are packed full of antioxidants. These antioxidants fight free radicals and toxins out of the body and keep you illness free. They will cleanse your system and keep you healthy.
Broccoli is next on the list. Who doesn't love broccoli? It is by far my favourite and nutritious vegetable I eat. I make sure I have plenty of this throughout the day. What makes it so good? Well broccoli is a free food, which means it's pretty much impossible to eat too much of it and put weight on. It is loaded with fibre and it contains a compound called sulphoraphane which blocks enzymes that cause joint decay. You can eat broccoli on its own as a snack or combine it with your main meals. I prefer to steam my vegetables so that I keep as many of the nutrients locked inside.
Finally, the last food I recommend you consume on a regular basis is fish. The best types of fish are the oily ones that are high in healthy fats which is needed for your body. Fish also has a high Omega 3 content which is vital to keep a well balanced metabolism. Oily fish such as Salmon or Cod also contain a good protein count and therefore make another good food choice for vegetarians. These types of fish have also been connected to help with people that are feeling depressed and will help snap you out of that bad mood you are in. Get the rods ready ;)
In summary then. My top 5 foods you should be eating on a daily basis are. Oats, Eggs, Berries, Broccoli and Fish.