Its so hard to pick what to eat for lunch in the summer. Basically anything hot is well out of the window, theres only so many leaf based dishes you can take a week, so what is the best option?
Maybe its time to start adding our own little energy boosts to the boring city lunch options?
Work with Watermelon?
Imagine walking the supermarket produce aisle and spotting a pile of watermelons with bright labels screaming “MEGA-PLUS ULTIMATE ENERGY BOOST!” Or catching an extreme sports competition on TV where the skateboarders’ helmet stickers herald the games’ sponsors: “Strawberries, for x-treme endurance!” Those foods, and a lot of others that fly under the radar, are at least as deserving of flashy labels as packaged snacks that promise a jolt.
“Most of the really great ‘energy foods’ aren’t marketed that way,” says Lauren Antonucci, R.D., sports dietitian and owner of Nutrition Energy in New York City. “But in fact, some of the best choices are whole foods that are naturally high in nutrients like iron, protein, and essential fatty acids.”
A quarter-cup serving of these nuts delivers 30 percent of the magnesium you need each day—an impressive figure, considering that nearly half of all Americans don’t get enough of the mineral, according to government data. Being low on magnesium can make you drag, because your body uses it to generate ATP, the molecule that transports energy between cells. Almonds are also an excellent source of B vitamins like folate and riboflavin, which help you convert calories into fuel.
“Athletes like them for their quick hit of carbs and electrolytes,” says Tara Gidus Collingwood, R.D., a sports dietitian in Orlando. One study found that raisins were just as effective at keeping runners’ stamina up as were carbohydrate-based snacks designed for endurance. Athletes who ate either one during a 5-K shaved one minute off their race time, compared with those who only drank water. The ideal amount, per the study, is one ounce—about two mini boxes.
Selected data from Mens Health