CrossFit is a great sport for your overall mental and physical health, but it can also start to take its toll on your body.
Pull-ups, thrusters, deadlifts and clean and jerks are some of the many CrossFit movements that can tear your body apart, so it’s important for all CrossFitters to recover as best as they can.
The easiest way to do this is through a good diet, and by eating the right foods before and after a workout.
Here is the list of five great recovery foods to eat after a WOD:
Kiwifruit – Not only does this fruit taste amazing, but it is also super rich in Vitamin C (twice as much as an orange). Kiwifruits are also high in fibre and have a huge amount of antioxidants. They are also a great way to replenish your depleted glycogen levels after a workout and restore your energy levels.
Chicken – High in protein, chicken is a great way to get some protein into your body after a tough workout. A protein shake is a good way to get protein to your muscles quickly, but chicken also provides your body with a high amount of vitamins and nutrients that it craves for after a WOD.
Fish – Not only does fish contain high amounts of protein, it also provides your body with essential fish oils which aid in recovery. These essential fats help prevent inflammation in the body and are great for those with high blood pressure.
Beans – Often referred to as a ‘miracle’ food for its ability to lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and protect your from cancer. If you are looking for a food that is high in fiber, protein, and antioxidants, then look no further than beans!
Onions – Just like garlic, onions get a bad rep for leaving you with bad breath, but they are also a great recovery food. Onions are rich in sulfides that help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and fight against cancer. They also have high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients to boost your immune system, and anti-inflammatory properties to held reduce swelling and pain after a tough workout.