D'FYNE Fitness Magazine Winter 2019 - Page 89

L et’s face it; we all know we could be eating healthier and making better food choices, all in the name of maximiz- ing our workout efforts. When it comes to choosing the best foods for your workout, Tristaca Curley, a registered dietitian based in Vancouver, B.C., recom- mends consulting a sports dietitian. “We keep up-to- date on the latest scientific studies on sport nutrition and can help develop a plan based on your body composition and sport per- formance goals,” she says. So we asked the pro and scoured online studies to give you a solid nutritional foundation to start from. Milk’s Got It Judging by the packed shelves loaded with sports recovery drinks you would think selecting the best one requires a degree in nutritional scienc- es. As a recent analysis published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrit ion found, chocolate milk may be as good as sport beverages in promoting muscle recover. “Chocolate milk actually fits the ideal ratio that we want to see in a recovery food, which is approximately three grams of carbohydrates for every gram of protein,” says Curley. “This ratio optimizes glycogen replen- ishment as well as amino acid absorption.” So grab- bing a carton of chocolate milk after your next killer CrossFit class may be just what does your body good. So Easy it’s Nuts! For an on-the-go snack before your next workout it doesn’t get much easier than nuts. Along with con- taining a healthy amount of protein, tree nuts also contain anti-inf lammatory benefits that may help improve your recovery time. For endurance athletes, almonds in par- ticular have been found to contain nutrients that may help improve oxygen consumption. In addition, tree nuts may also help stave off cardiovascu- lar-related conditions. In a study of more than 200,000 people published in the Journal of the Amer- ican College of Cardiology, five or more servings of nuts per week were shown to have lowered the risk D’FYNE - Winter 2019 89