by Sean Casey
Like the old saying goes, you are what you eat. Chugging a can of Rockstar and chowing down on funnel cake before the gate drops is not the best method of fueling your body. Obviously, eating a balanced diet with frequent meals will ensure plenty of energy throughout the day. However, by adding a few foods that have been dubbed “super foods” by many, you can further enhance recovery and be ready for your next moto. You don’t need to load up and eat these foods constantly, just add them in to your normal diet.
This is great at almost any time of the day and especially a few hours before riding. You can throw some fruit and protein powder together and you have an awesome snack. Greek yogurt is full of pro-biotics that keep your digestive system normal as well as higher calcium content than that of other dairy products. This is also good for people who are sensitive to lactose and cannot handle milk. Look for Greek yogurt that has been fortified with vitamin D as well.
This fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, iron and protein. Iron helps the body in the production of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the red blood cells. A lack of iron has been known to cause an increase in fatigue. The omega-3 is considered to be a good fat that reduces inflammation in the body. This fish isn’t too heavy on the stomach and is delicious when grilled. Combine this lean fish with some greens and salsa to make a great salad for dinner.
Go to Publix, or where ever you grocery shop, and pick up some assorted nuts. These little guys are loaded with the “good” fats like salmon and have plenty of antioxidents. They are pretty calorie dense, so just grab a handful and you are set. Munch on them between motos, at night or whenever you are hungry. Again, like the other foods on this list, you can add them to just about any meal for extra flavor and texture.
At my local Publix, these guys were on sale and I grabbed 3 cartons. I ended up eating a whole carton in a day and went back for more. Blueberries are one of the best berries because they are full of antioxidents, maintain blood sugar levels and some say they act as a mild anti depressant. This is a great food for those on the Paleo diet. Look for cartons with darker berries; the darker, the better.
Dig in my friend. One large kiwi contains your daily requirement for vitamin C, which is an immune system booster. Not only does this fruit have vitamin C, but it also has potassium, fiber and vitamins A and E. Just like the blueberries, this is a perfect fruit for you cave men dieters. Mix some kiwis and bananas at the track for some cramping protection from the potassium.
Note: these last two were added to the list by Virtual Trainer.,
First a quiz. Is an Avacado a fuit or vegetable? Give up??? Okay, its a fruit and a great one at that. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a "nutrient booster" by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit. Plus, Avocados have the mono- and polyunsaturated "good" fats that are recommended as part of a healthy diet.
Eggs make my list because they are nutritious, versatile, economical, and a great way to fill up on quality protein. Studies show if you eat eggs at breakfast, you may eat fewer calories during the day and lose weight without significantly affecting cholesterol levels." Eggs also contain 12 vitamins and minerals, including choline, which is good for brain development and memory. Enjoy them at any meal or hard-cooked as a portable snack to take to the track. Mmmmmm, I love my eggs!
About the Author:
Sean Casey has been riding/racing since the age of 13. Now attending the University of Central Florida, Sean is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine in Personal Training and studying Sport and Exercise Science. His site, MxTrainingBlog, covers everything from nutrition and training to racing mentality and riding technique. If you have any questions, comments, or just want to talk moto, contact Sean via email, Twitter, Facebook, or his website -
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