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Ten Key Fitness Foods

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The following ten key fitness foods provide necessary energy nutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate) as well as fiber, vitamins, and minerals to work with your body and exercise plan.

Ten Key Fitness Foods

1.  Water: For hydration of your body and skin. (More on water below.)

2.  Whole Grain Crackers: For fiber and carbohydrate.

3.  Sweet Potatoes: Good carbohydrate boost plus antioxidants.

4.  Beans/legumes: Low-fat, good source of protein, carbohydrate, and iron.

Tomato 5.  Tomatoes: Contains cancer-fighting lycopene, which is very versatile.

6.  Skim milk/yogurt: Great source of calcium and protein.

7.  Oranges: Loaded with vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber. Check out the Orange on Orange Recipe on our blog.

8.  Lean red meat/dark meat/poultry: Great for iron and zinc, low in fat.

9.  Broccoli: Packed with vitamins A and C, rich in fiber and potassium.

10.  Banana: Easy to carry and eat, quick carbohydrate source, loaded with potassium and about 70 percent water.

Know Your Water

We all know water is good for us; it contains no calories and is necessary for our bodies to function. Bottled water is selling at record pace as more than half of all Americans are trying to drink more. The importance of water has led to hype and endless sales pitches. Water from the tap and pricey bottled water from a store have the same health benefits and sometimes they are exactly the same thing! If you are buying water, research it. Find out where it comes from and what they do to it before it gets to you. Otherwise you're paying for nothing. Spring water is usually good.

Notable Note

Researchers at the Natural Resources Defense Council discovered that 40 percent of the bottled water sold in the United States is tap water.

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