With only one in three adults receiving the recommended amount of physical activity each week, many people are contending with the best way to stay fit and healthy amidst their busy schedules. Many people understand that what you eat matters when it comes to fitness, especially when you’re participating in physical activity on a regular basis. With that being said, one of the best things you can incorporate into your diet is quinoa, as it contains several necessary components for anyone living an active lifestyle.
A good source of energy
As a powerful superfood, quinoa contains many components that prove to be useful for someone who exercises on a regular basis. For example, quinoa contains all nine amino acids, which ultimately makes it a complete protein. With eight grams of protein per cup, the superfood can act as a long-lasting energy source, due to it taking longer than your typical carbohydrates to break down in the body. With that said, quinoa also contains carbohydrates as well, which is another source of energy. This makes quinoa the ultimate food to fuel your body before or after a good workout – as skipping a good source of protein can leave you feeling tired and groggy.
A healthy muscle-builder
With quinoa being such a protein-packed food, it’s important to know that this protein can be especially helpful for anyone looking to build their muscles in a healthy and all-natural way. After an intense workout session, your body needs a combination of protein and carbohydrates to aid in helping your muscles restore and gain strength. This is because such intense exercise can cause micro-tears in your muscle fibers (which is also the reason you feel sore afterward). In turn, eating a protein/carbohydrate-rich food like quinoa after a workout can be a great muscle builder.
Since muscles actually need protein in order to grow, a bit of quinoa is a perfect addition to your diet, even if you already use other supplements to enhance your workout experience (like protein powder). For example, selective androgen receptor modulators, also known as SARMS, is a supplement used to help build muscles that’s commonly used by bodybuilders. When protein powders or other muscle building supplements are used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle – including a healthy diet (that includes protein-enriched foods like quinoa) and appropriate rest such as good sleep, those who are working on their muscles are likely to see desired results over time.
Adding quinoa to your pre/post-workout meals
With all of the health benefits that quinoa has to offer for those who partake in regular physical activity, it goes without saying that it can make for a perfect addition to any pre or post-workout meal. Luckily, there are several ways you can incorporate quinoa into your active lifestyle – even if you’re on the go. For example, while you can eat cooked quinoa plain as a side dish to any meal, you can also easily add it to salads, your breakfast, or even use it as a meat substitute in tacos – as well as eat it in addition to other protein-packed foods, like nuts, seeds, and soy. And, if you find yourself in the need of a grab-and-go meal on the way to the gym, you can simply prep meals ahead of time that include some quinoa, like our Creamy Quinoa Porridge with Juicy Berries. This can be especially helpful if you’re looking to eat it directly before or after exercise and don’t have quinoa-enriched options available when out and about.
Quinoa is a well-known superfood that supplies the body with a good source of protein and carbohydrates. Because of this, it’s the perfect food for anyone living an active lifestyle to incorporate into their diets – and especially so for anyone looking for a healthy and filling option, as well as anyone looking to build muscle.
Written by Ali Rennoll.