4 Things About Food

In my last post about getting fit for the Summertime (and hopefully your entire life from here on out), I talked of clean eating. Essentially, this post is going to be all about that. I’m going to be discussing a list of 80 Healthiest Foods, what to eat and what not to eat pre- and post-workouts, and although it’s not the cleanest, 25 Healthy Snacks that are under 50 Calories or Less – for your convenience. All of the information is via the internet, in my extensive research of the subject of fitness and diet.

Healthy food can be worth the while. (photo by DRuffato)

Healthy food can be worth the while. (photo by DRuffato)

#1. 80 Healthiest Foods

Yes, I’m going to list 80 foods here by category, as they were posted on the internet. My only advice? Write it down in your fitness journal that I told you you should probably invest in, and highlight items based on “things I like,” “things to try,” and “things I dislike.”

Vegetables

asparagus / carrots / celery / kale / onions / spinach/ squash / sweet potatoes / tomatoes / yams

Fruits

apples / blueberries / cranberries / grapefruit / oranges / pears / raspberries / plums / strawberries / watermelon

Grains 

barley / brown rice / buckwheat / corn / millet / oats / quinoa / rye / spelt / whole wheat

Spices

basil / cilantro / ginger / oregano / parsley / peppermint / rosemary / sage / thyme / turmeric

Beans 

black beans / garbanzo beans / kidney beans / lima beans / miso / navy beans / pinto beans / soy beans / tempeh / tofu

Sea Food

cod / halibut / mackerel / oysters / salmon / saldines / scallops / shrimp / tilapia / tuna

Nuts 

almonds / cashews / flax seeds / macadamia nuts / peanuts / pistachios / pumpkin seeds / sesame seeds / sunflower seeds / walnuts

Drinks

cranberry juice / fat free milk / fruit smoothie / green tea / ice water / mint tea / orange juice / soy milk / tomato juice / vegetable juice

#2. What To/Not To Eat Pre-Workout 

NOT:

Citrus: the acid may cause an upset stomach
Fiber: can cause stomach aches and cramps because of the unnecessary bulk
Dairy: can lead to congested airways during a workout
Quantity: only snack, do not meal! and remember to snack about thirty minutes prior to the workout – as to not upset your stomach.

BUT YOU CAN: 

  • Have raisins
  • Have dried plums
  • Have dried cranberries

According to the page where I got the information from, “These foods deliver concentrated energy that your body can absorb quickly.”

#3. What To Eat Post-Workout

Citrus, and smoothies – preferably fruity ones consisting of low-fat milk, bananas, and mixed berries, which will “…help replenish electrolytes, provide muscle building protein, and deliver re-energizing carbohydrates.”

#4. 25 Healthy, 50 Calorie or Less Snacks

This post is taken from this page. Although it’s optimal to eat clean 80% of the time, sometimes it’s just unlikely – what with our hectic schedules – especially as college students, who find it tough to balance life as is. Here’s a list of healthy snacks for the students on-the-go.

  • 5 Olives, 45 cal
  • 1 small Martin’s pretzel – 50
  • 1 pkg original Apple Nature Valley Fruit Crisps – 50 cal
  • 1/2 small banana, frozen – 45 cal
  • 2 sugar free ice pops – 30 cal
  • 12 cherries – 48 cal
  • Kelloggs Bite Size Maple + Brown Sugar Mini Wheats – 47 cal
  • 1 small orange – 45 cal
  • 3/4 cup blackberries – 46 cal
  • 1 cup watermelon – 46 cal
  • 1 cup strawberries – 46 cal
  • 7 almonds – 49 cal
  • 5 Pringles Salt and Vinegar Potato Crisps – 50 cal
  • 1/4 cup Cheese Puff – 50 cal
  • 5 Gummy Bears – 44 cal
  • 2 marshmallows – 46 cal
  • 1 medium chocolate chip cookie – 48 cal
  • 1/2 tbsp Nutella – 50 cal
  • 11 Skittles – 48 cal
  • 3/4 raspberries – 48 cal
  • 4 Animal Crackers – 45 cal
  • 1 kiwi – 46 cal
  • 1 cup coconut water – 46 cal
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple – 45 cal
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