5 Power Foods to Fuel Your Workout (Page 5)

Chocolate Chips

4. Chocolate Chips

I’m pretty sure you don’t need a justification to add chocolate chips to your energy bars, but nonetheless there actually are some health reasons to add them.

Pre-workout: Antioxidants in dark chocolate help prevent muscle soreness later on. One study of bikers showed dark chocolate helped reduce oxidative stress in muscles—a component of muscle soreness. Animal research suggests chocolate’s epicatechins can boost leg strength and endurance capacity.

Post-workout: Dark chocolate provides flavonols, compounds that can help improve blood flow, which brings more oxygen to replenish your hardworking muscles.

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