As with all physically strenuous activity, a strict diet is important to martial artists. A balance of carbs, protein, and even fats is essential. But what specific foods are good to include in your diet? Here are some of the universally considered good to include:
Quinoa can take a while to get used to, with its slightly bitter taste and strange texture. A solid substitute for rice, quinoa is a protein that can replace rice or oats in a low-carb, high-protein diet. It’s highly versatile, however, and can be served as part of a full meal, as a stand-alone snack, or even as breakfast or dessert!
Another low-carb, high-protein alternative, Durum Wheat is usually used to make pasta that’s low-carb. Unlike quinoa, the taste is almost identical to normal pasta, while actually being a bit firmer which helps you avoid soggy pasta. While not as versatile as quinoa, it’s easier to sneak into a family diet without people noticing!
Also called “leaf cabbage”, kale is considered a superfood thanks to its solid nutritional value while being low calorie. A highly popular ingredient around the world, it’s made waves in the health-centric communities recently. One popular version of serving kale is serving it as chips.
Don’t worry! Not all the items on the list are funny tasting seeds, grains, or vegetables! Blueberries are packed with nutrients while also packing anti-oxidants and vitamins. Fresh or frozen, blueberries are a healthy alternative to sweets or processed snack foods.
Maybe Millenials are on to something with their avocado toast! Avocadoes are a good source of healthy fats, vitamins and potassium, providing more potassium than bananas (and being lower on the glycemic index, too!).
Need an energy boost? Rather than grabbing that cup of coffee, you may want to try out an acai berry shake instead. Not only will you get an energy boost, but acai has been found to improve cognitive function and maintain normal blood sugar levels. Most health stores carry a powdered form of the berry that you can add to your protein shakes or oatmeal.
Salmon is packed with Omega-3 and other healthy goodness while serving as a solid protein for your diet. Doctors do recommend including fish in your diet at least once a week. Given that tuna, while healthy, tends to have higher mercury content, salmon are the healthier choice.
One of the easiest to prepare and add to any meal, eggs are a great source of protein especially if boiled or poached to avoid using oil. Just remember that everything has to be taken in moderation! Be sure to factor in the cholesterol you’re getting from the eggs and how much of your daily protein intake the egg accounts for when factoring it into your diet.
After a heavy workout, your body will still need energy to repair the damaged muscles and help them grow and power-up. Yogurt mixed with fruit can give your body the energy it needs for this important task. You may want to avoid adding any processed sugars to the mix though, as processed sugars can be very bad for you.
What foods are staples of your diet? Conversely, what food do you avoid at all costs?