4 Foods to Boost Your Workout

Fuel properly with these 4 foods.

It turns out that the food you eat can do more than replenish the stores of energy and fluid you lose while exercising—some can help you get more from your workout, while others aid endurance and recovery.

Here are 4 foods to make your workout easier:

—Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., Former Associate Nutrition Editor for EatingWell

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1. Apples

Eating an apple is a great way to boost exercise endurance. Apples are a good source of an antioxidant called quercetin. One study showed that quercetin—when taken in supplement form—helped people bike longer. Quercetin aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs. Grapes are another quercetin-rich fruit.

Five Foods to Burn Belly Fat

2. Milk

You don’t need a “sports drink” to refuel after a workout. Regular or chocolate milk—both of which contain a mix of carbohydrate and protein—may work just as well.
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3. Yogurt

Constant training takes a toll on your immune system, leaving athletes susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections, but new research suggests that probiotics—the live active cultures in yogurt—may help keep you healthy. Moreover, yogurt has a balanced mix of carbs and protein, so it’s a great post-workout recovery fuel.
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4. Honey

Recent research suggests that carb blends (foods containing fructose and glucose) may be superior to straight glucose for boosting energy during endurance activities. Consider honey: like sugar, it naturally has equal parts fructose and glucose, but it also contains a handful of antioxidants and vitamins.