Why do you eat clean, track your macros, prep your food and supplement your diet? A hot bod is a great side product, but here’s how to nail down nutrition for health.
Lots of gym-goers and bodybuilders have one goal in mind when they clean up their diet and get their supplements in order. How their body is going to look. We’re not going to lie, a lean and muscular physique is important to us, too. But we’ve come to realise the importance of nutrition for long-term health, performance and recovery too.
We’ve blogged before about the benefits of using a supergreens powder alongside your more traditional bodybuilding supplement stack of protein, creatine and aminos. But you could use single-ingredient fruit and vegetable supplements to really take your sports nutrition to the next level.
Here are 5 of the top supplements for health-focused nutrition.
You already know that kale is one of the most nutritious veggies you can eat. Like most dark, leafy greens, it packs a powerful punch, full of micronutrients, anti oxidants and fibre. Kale powder is a very useful way to get all the benefits of the raw plant into your daily diet without having to store, chop, steam and munch your way through a pile of leaves. Kale powder supplement is vegan and vegetarian and free from gluten, lactose, dairy and soya.
Another fantastic leafy green is spinach. As a powdered nutritional supplement, you get all the incredible benefits of raw spinach in a highly concentrated dose. We all know how much spinach shrinks down when you cook it. And, if you want to eat your spinach raw, you need to buy, store and chop mountains of it to meet your micronutrient needs! Using a raw spinach powder gets around both problems: all the benefits of spinach without the volume (and food prep).
Sweet Potato powder
This is a really exciting real-food supplement! Sweet potato powder is literally powdered sweet potato, a convenient and user-friendly version of every bodybuilder’s favourite carb source. It tastes just like sweet potato (funnily enough) and is a great carb source for bodybuilders, dieters and anyone who likes to bake healthy snacks. Like the sweet potato itself, sweet potato powder is high in carbohydrates and fibre but low on the glycaemic index. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals and is gluten, dairy, lactose and soya free.
Another bodybuilder diet staple is the humble head of broccoli. In powdered form, it’s a simply fantastic source of multiple antioxidants, vitamins and minerals at high, concentrated levels. We powder GM-free broccoli using a very low temperature dehydration method so the integrity of the raw veg is kept intact. We’d suggest that anyone who wants to get a bodybuilder’s physique should be using powdered versions of all the classic bodybuilder veggies!
Carrots don’t tend to feature heavily in a bodybuilder’s diet but we say why not! They’re a useful source of vegetable carbohydrate, and their bright colour tells us how dense they are in nutrients, including beta carotene and antioxidants. Carrot powder is a great supplement to keep in your kitchen cupboards, great for adding to smoothies or mixing into savoury meals and snacks. As you’d expect, raw carrot powder is a great source of vitamin A and a host of other vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. It’s also vegan, vegetarian, and both gluten and dairy free.
Do you use powdered vegetables to complement your protein, creatine, amino and pre-workout sports supplements? Why not try some of our recipes containing powdered vegetables:
> Chocolate Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes Recipe
> Pulled Chicken Open-Face Burgers with Sweet Potato Wedges Recipe
About the Author:
Nicola Joyce has been writing for (and about) sport, fitness, nutrition and healthy living since 2004. She’s also a keen sportswoman: her background is in endurance sport but she now competes as a natural bodybuilder, most recently winning a world title with the INBF. When she’s not writing content, she can be found blogging at thefitwriter.wordpress.com. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter (@thefitwriter) too.