It’s the start of a new year, and everyone is trying to get into shape! Finding the right combination of diet and exercise is key to starting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Figuring out what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat can be daunting. However, there are some pretty straightforward ways to fuel your body for a productive day or a workout. The simplest change to make is boosting your intake of fruits and vegetables. Not only are fruits and veggies a rich source of vitamins and minerals, but they are also a good source of natural fiber. 1
You may notice a difference in your energy levels on days you ate breakfast versus those days you skipped it. Eating a healthy breakfast is crucial to starting your day off right. Don’t just settle for a donut or a plain bagel. Simple carbs won’t keep you full for long, especially when you are working out. Choose the whole-grain option along with a protein source. Try eating whole grain toast with an egg, or spread some peanut butter for a breakfast treat.1
Now that your day is off to a good start, make sure your other meals throughout the day have plenty of protein and veggies. The United States Department of Agriculture recommends that at each meal, half of your plate consist of fruits and veggies.1 An even better way to get all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants you need for healthy living is by consuming a variety of colors! Different colors of food contain different nutrients, so by consuming fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors, you can help ensure you’re getting a wide range of nutrients.2
Fuel up before or after a workout with a balance of carbs and protein. Some of the best snacks to have before or after a workout can include: 1
- Bananas: Bananas are packed with potassium and magnesium, as well as natural sugars to fuel your workout.
- Oranges and Berries: These are easy on your intestines and also a good source of water to help you stay hydrated during or after the gym.
- Nuts/Nut Butter: Nuts are a great source of protein that can be easily stored since they don’t have to be refrigerated.
Fiber and fitness go hand in hand. Learn more about how adding Fiber Choice® to your routine can benefit your overall well-being!