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Foods that make your workout easier

By Michelle Edelbaum, January 8, 2010 - 11:43am

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Foods that make your workout easier

As a new mom I don’t have a lot of time for exercise. So when I do get moving I want to make the most of it. I love it that there are foods I can eat to help me get more out of my workout. (Find 10 breakfasts that help you burn more fat during your workouts here.)

By eating more onions, apples, grapes, berries, cabbage and broccoli I could boost my exercise endurance. An antioxidant in these foods—quercetin—when taken in supplement form, helped people bike longer, according to one study. Researchers think the quercetin makes oxygen more available to the lungs.

Get supercharged for your workout with these recipes using quercetin-rich fruits and vegetables, such as:

Apples
Cheddar-Apple Melt: It's hard to go wrong with the classic combination of Cheddar cheese and apples. Try this once and you may be addicted.

Berries
Berry-Almond Quick Bread: Start your day with a slice of this yummy, wholesome quick bread. Whatever berries you have on hand go into a versatile, whole-grain buttermilk batter that can be baked into muffins, loaves or even doughnutlike mini Bundts.

Cabbage
Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap: I love this wrap for lunch before I exercise in the afternoon. The white beans mashed with ripe avocado, blended with sharp Cheddar and topped with red cabbage slaw makes an incredibly rich, flavorful filling and it keeps me satisfied when I’m moving.

Broccoli
Broccoli-Cheese Pie: I like this recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You could also call this savory, filling dish a crustless quiche.

Grapes
Frosted Grapes: It’s seems so ridiculously simple, but freezing grapes makes eating them a whole different experience—it’s like eating a healthy mini popsicle. This is a great grab-and-go snack. To make:

Wash and pat dry 2 cups seedless grapes. Freeze for 45 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes at room temperature before serving.

Nutrition (Per serving): 55 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 2 mg sodium; 153 mg potassium.

What do you eat before you workout? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Michelle Edelbaum, Health Blog, Fitness, Nutrition, Wellness

Michelle Edelbaum
Michelle is the digital editor for EatingWell Media Group. She puts her background in journalism to work online at EatingWell.com and in EatingWell Magazine, authoring the Good Questions interview with interesting people in the world of food and health.

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