Strong Is The New Skinny! Eat These Strength-Boosting Foods
Strong is the new skinny! Setting aside body image and body acceptance issues, the goal for a lot of women has shifted to health and strength – believing that if you eat right, feel good and stay strong, you’ll anyway be your optimum weight. Here are some foods that will get you started on your strength goals.
1. Go-To Grain: Wheatgerm
While grains like quinoa and oats are fabulous for strength building, wheat germ (assuming you’re not gluten-intolerant) has amazing nutrient reserves. This is the small centre of the wheat kernel and accounts for very little of the crop. However, it is rich in minerals like potassium, zinc, iron, selenium, as well as a host of vitamins. This complex carb contains octacosanol, which increases stamina, energy and endurance.
How much to eat: Half a cup, every day
2. Go-To Legume: Kidney Beans
Among the beans and lentils that enrich us with fibre and protein, the kidney bean or rajma stands out for its nutritional profile. It is one of the best sources of plant protein, and proteins are the building blocks of muscles. The bean starch makes it a complex carb, and ranks low on the glycemic index, making it a great source of energy for people with type 2 diabetes.
How much to eat: 1 large cooked bowlful, thrice a week