To fuel Crossfit workouts efficiently you should be eating CrossFit foods. You might have heard of the Paleo Diet, or the Whole 30, which are commonly used terms in regards to foods and dietary choices that CrossFit enthusiasts believe in. Though there are many variations, and many people have adjusted diets to fit their needs, most people performing CrossFit activities follow the same nutrition protocol. I’m not a CrossFit fan, but I do believe that some principles of CrossFit nutrition are ones we should all be adhering to anyway. Whether you’re preparing for a CrossFit event or not, consider eating more of these CrossFit foods, which you’ll see are some of nature’s most basic healthy foods.
One of the best CrossFit foods that are amazing for everyone is vegetables! Vegetables are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and most everyone can find at least one or two they like. Since CrossFit fanatics most likely follow a Paleo diet, they avoid grains and dairy. This makes vegetables important since some nutrients found in grains and dairy can be found in many vegetables.
Fruits are another perfectly healthy food that CrossFit participants eat a good bit of. Choose lower sugar varieties, and opt for fresh over dried for the most water content and a lower sugar content. Fruits are rich in enzymes that help in a host of important functions in our body. They also provide us energy to work out, especially for high intensity exercises like CrossFit.
3. Easy to Digest Protein
Almost all CrossFit enthusiasts are big on lean protein. Some are vegan, but most eat animal based proteins, emphasizing grass fed sources above conventional, which I think it is great! Eggs are kept to a minimum, but are allowed and fish is recommended. If you’re vegan, opt for hemp protein since it’s grain-free. “CrossFit” approved.beans and legumes aren’t Paleo friendly, so if you’re following a Paleo diet, avoid those if you’re vegan. All lean proteins are important for nutrition, and for fitness. They provide your body with amino acids it needs for muscle repair, and they help lower insulin in the body. This is important for your blood sugar, weight, stress levels, and your heart. Eat a little at each meal and snack you consume for the best benefits.
Nuts are another top CrossFit food that is smart to choose. Rich in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and high in heart-healthy and weight-friendly fats, nuts are a go-to snack for anyone in need of a healthy snack. They’re great paired with lower sugar fruits, and since dairy isn’t allowed on Paleo diets or used by most CrossFit fans, they make a decent replacement to yogurt for a snack.
Seeds are fabulous for you, and some people find these easier to digest than nuts. Seeds are rich in vitamins and minerals, along with more fiber than nuts, and a little lower in fat. My favorites are flax, hemp, chia, pumpkin and sunflower. Choose seeds to sprinkle over your foods, or to consume as a snack. You can also bake homemade goodies with them too using grain-free flours like coconut flour or almond flour, which is CrossFit approved.
6. Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices are some of the most powerful sources of antioxidants we can consume. They often go overlooked as simple seasonings, but most all contain more antioxidants per serving than fruits and vegetables. Choose herbs and spices to season your meals instead of salt. They’re a great way to get in prime nutrition, and also reduce inflammation.
Leafy greens should be a go-to option at all meals, whether you perform CrossFit activities or not. Leafy greens like kale, spinach, collards, romaine, arugula, turnips and mustard greens are all fabulous for you. If you want to take it up a notch, you can consume superfood greens like spirulina, wheatgrass (gluten-free), and chlorella for even more benefits. All leafy greens and supergreens are great sources of iron, potassium and fiber. They’re also rich in Vitamin A, along with B vitamins. Best of all, the alkalize your body to help repair your muscles and aid in brain and heart health. Some people, myself included, also find them much easier to digest than cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, or brussel sprouts.
If you’re a CrossFit fan, I want to hear from you! What foods do you recommend for the best nutrition plan and your workouts?