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The Best Foods for Your Workout

The Best Foods for Your Workout
Not getting results? Your pre- and post-exercise meals may be to blame.
Originally posted by: Equinox
 
It's common sense: When you pair the right foods with your exercise plan, you recover faster, feel more energized and speed progress toward your body goals. But choosing your snacks — and planning ahead to keep them on hand — tends to throw even the most dedicated for a loop.

Fueling before a workout inspires a few different trains of thought.

A Cup of Calmness

A Cup of Calmness
Tea's medicinal properties treat stressed-out urbanites. Here, the top 8 varieties.
Monday, March 19, 2012 |
 
Feeling frazzled? Consider a piping hot cup of tea, which can do everything from calm your nerves to improve your performance at work. "Tea has theanine, which is a chemical that reduces mental and physical stress while working synergistically with caffeine to improve cognition," says Dr. Daniel Hsu, D.A.O.M., L.Ac., a NYC-based acupuncturist who works with Oprah Winfrey and Dr.

The 24-Hour Fast

The 24-Hour Fast
Why a kinesiology expert (and former body builder) recommends spending a day food-free.
Sunday, January 15, 2012 |John Berardi, Ph.D.
Grandiose new year promises will get you nowhere fast. In true anti-resolution spirit, we asked our Q Advisory Board members to divulge the one simple health habit they swear by. Next up: John Berardi, Ph.D., nutrient biology expert and founder ofPrecision Nutrition, a nutritional coaching and education program. Here's what he had to say:
I fast for 24 hours once every few months.

Forbidden Fruit

"FORBIDDEN FRUIT"
 
Get to know the pomegranate, the ultimate January superfood.In Greek mythology, pomegranate seeds prove to be an irresistible temptation — poor Persephone finds herself chained to the Underworld after succumbing to just a few seeds. In modern kitchens, they're a bewitching and nutritious ingredient, if you can just figure out how to extract the ruby-like nuggets from their globular casing. (Tip: Cut the fruit in half then dunk the entire thing in a bowl of water, extracting the seeds with your hands while they're submerged). A welcome burst of color in January's bounty, pomegranates are a great source of potassium and fiber, and they're packed with antioxidants such as Vitamin C. One glass of pomegranate juice contains more antioxidants than a glass of red wine or a cup of green tea, according to a recent study from the University of California, Los Angeles — and, while I don't recommend a large glass of juice when you wake up, a splash of pomegranate nectar sweetens or "spices up" your first glass of water in the morning. Plus, pomegranates are a heart-healthy food that can help prevent the hardening of arteries and have the amazing ability to help lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and reduce high blood pressure. Add the seeds to your morning oatmeal, lunchtime salad or afternoon yogurt. Or try the recipe below: Healthy Pomegranate Muffins Makes 12 muffins Ingredients: 1½ c. whole wheat flour 2 tbsp. sugar 1 tbsp. ground flaxseeds 1 tbsp. ground chia seeds 1 tbsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. sea salt 2 c. Nature's Path SmartBran cereal 1¼ c. skim milk 1 egg ¼ c. chunky applesauce 1 tsp. cinnamon ¾-1 c. pomegranate seeds Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400° F. 2. Stir together flour, sugar, flaxseeds, chia sees, baking powder and salt. 3. In separate large bowl, combine SmartBran and milk; let stand for 2-3 minutes. 4. Add egg and applesauce to the SmartBran and milk and mix well. 5. Add flour mixture and stir until combined. 6. Stir in pomegranate seeds. 7. Spoon into 2½-inch muffin tins with liners. Nationally recognized nutrition expert and author Keri Glassman (@KeriGlassman) is the founder and president of Nutritious Life, a nutrition practice based in New York City.