5. Garbanzo beans (Chickpeas)
“No one thinks about beans when it comes to exercise fuel, but for long-lasting energy, beans are excellent,” Villacorta says. Garbanzo in particular packs roughly 9 grams of protein and 27 grams of carbs per half cup—a combination great for pre-workout fuel and post-workout muscle building. Garbanzo beans are also rich in iron, providing about 15% of your daily value. “Research has shown that insufficient iron supplies can reduce the oxygen transport capacity of your body, therefore decreasing performance and endurance,” he adds.
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