A healthy diet is key if you want to perform better and longer. This means more tricks and good times, and while you may think it’s overrated, it is crucial for both the mind soul and body.
Not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases like heart attacks, cancer, and obesity.
But its also a major factor in how we perform on a board, both long and short term.
And yes, we know it probably isn’t the sexiest of topics, but that makes it an even more compelling issue for us to address.
Its important people, so please let us give you some basic ideas of what your body loves.
Here are 10 Healthy Food Ideas for the Pro.
1: The classic: Wholegrain
We all grew up on oatmeal, but our parents weren’t completely off when serving us bowl upon bowl of wholegrain.
Oatmeal is rich in fiber but low on unwanted fat and cholesterol.
But perhaps even more importantly, it’s packed full of good carbohydrates – the most critical energy source for boardsporters. The more you have, the longer you last.
First and foremost yogurt is full of natrium, which gives you healthy and strong bones.
Let’s be real, we probably need strong bones more than anybody.
But besides this, it also contains live active cultures of bacteria that encourage the growth of “good” bacteria and inhibit the growth of the “bad.” This also helps the body fight cancer, allergies, and diarrhea.
And while we’re at it, our parents also told us to eat spinach. And since we all saw what it did to Popeye, we all really tried to like it.
Spinach contains carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, along with the anti-oxidants CoQ10 and glutathione.
In addition, it also contains alpha-lipoic acid, which helps control blood sugar. In other words, your body will thank you for it, and you’ll be a sailorman in no time.
Berries are both a delicious and a healthy food, and they serve a great purpose. The health benefits of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, goji berries, etc., are many, including having the highest levels of antioxidants among fruits.
Antioxidants absolutely help with cellular regeneration, healing muscular tissue and recovery after exercises.
Another healthy food which is both delicious, handy and healthy are bananas. If you’re at the skate spot or on the beach, it’s easy and fast to oil the old rig with a banana. They’re also a favorite post-event recovery food, and for good reason:
One medium banana contains 422 mg of potassium, which your body needs to regulate fluids and prevent muscle cramps and spasms.
Because you sweat out potassium during physical activity, it’s important to replenish as soon as possible afterward.
We would also recommend eating fish. Why? Well because it tastes good, and it gives the body a whole lot of good things. especially salmon is a well-known dish for athletes in general.
It’s loaded with muscle-building protein and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats, which can help you recover from bumps and bruises more quickly.
Drizzle some olive oil over a salmon filet, give it a few squeezes of lemon and toss it in the oven—you’ve got dinner.
7: Coconut oil
Over 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, so its a great way to get some natural fat. In fact, coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid after breastmilk. Further, it increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby, burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose weight.
Coconut oil also helps in situations when you have taken a good old beating. If you have wounds or other external injuries, you can apply oil to the infected areas.
Coconut oil forms a chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. It is highly effective on bruises because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues.
This should actually be much higher on the list. We know it not really a “food”, but this is seriously important. Water is pretty much good for everything and can do absolutely no harm to your body. Its the purest form of a healthy liquid and the body needs it. If you are training hard, you should be consuming .5 to 1 ounce of H2O per pound of body weight every day.
9: Cruciferous Vegetables
Different vegetables do different things when it comes to providing vitamins and minerals for your body. But some—including dark, leafy greens and members of the cruciferous family (like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and kale)—have higher concentrations of antioxidants, fiber, and other important nutrients. Cabbage, kale and their cruciferous cousins are among the healthiest things you can eat, and if cooked right, they taste really good.
First of all, they taste really good. Secondly nuts are high in fat, low in carbs and a great source of several nutrients, including vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium. Nuts are also a real player when it comes to loading your body with antioxidants.
That was our 10 Healthy Food Ideas For The Pro, we hope you like it. Leave a comment if you have any good advice, or if you any questions.