Pears are the ideal pre-workout snack as they are bursting with sugars that convert easily to energy. Packed with Potassium, pears can prevent fatigue and muscle cramps which is caused by a lack of potassium easily lost during exercising.
Get instant energy from glucose in banana’s which are easily broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream. Also a great source of fructose which is absorbed slowly to provide steady fuel over time. A potent mix of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates is the ultimate fast food before your workout.
Bring on the immunity-boosting antioxidants! Plums contain pectin to detox and absorb toxins in the large intestines as well as being packed with iron to assist the formation of red blood cells.
Avoid dehydration and top up lost fluids from prolonged exercise by munching into a fresh, juicy sweet peach. With loads of Vitamin C, Folic Acid and B3, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, its the best vitamin water you can get!
I’ve saved my favourite Fitness Food till last. Papaya is an exotic little gem, a tasty addition to your morning smoothie to help prevent muscle cramps and getting a ‘stitch’. Well known for its cleansing properties (paw-paw cream anyone?) and packed with anti-inflammatory Vitimin C.
Source: The Top 100 Fitness Foods by Sarah Owen