4. Sweet potato
These orange tubers are a powerhouse of nutrients, from carbohydrates to minerals to antioxidants. For starters, they have about 84 grams of carbs per cup, so they’ll keep you fueled during a long workout or replenish your energy stores after. And since they’re low on the glycemic index, they can help prevent blood sugar spikes (and therefore weight gain). “Sweet potatoes are also a good source of potassium, delivering about 14% of your daily value in one cup. Studies have shown that potassium plays a role in both muscle tissue repair and preventing muscle fatigue,” Villacorta adds.
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