If your exercise performance has started to plateau, try changing your dietary intake pre or post workout…
Forza LipoWhey Protein Shake, £39.99, 908g, Boots.
Boost fat burning, improve your immune system and maintain or build lean muscle mass. With 22.5g of protein per serving it makes a good value recovery shake or quick-fix brekkie. This flavoursome powder (strawberry tastes great) contains plant sterols which are shown to reduce low-density lipoproteins or ‘bad cholesterol’ by up to 10% in three weeks.
Beet It Sport Pro-Elite Bar, £25 for 15x60g, beet-it.com.
Fancy a beetroot flapjack guys? It could be just the thing to increase blood flow and oxygen to muscles, aiding strength and endurance. Each moist chewy bar contains 400mg natural dietary nitrate from beetroot, equivalent to 400ml beetroot juice. Beetroot juice has been proven to improve performance and these bars provide a gym-bag friendly alternative when eaten up to 12 hours before a workout.
Nutrifiz Wheatgrass, £12.95, 20 tablets, nutrifiz.co.uk
Wheatgrass is one of nature’s most nourishing plants, containing potent vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Developed by a marathon runner as a way to naturally boost energy, these tablets provide a fast acting pick-me-up. Natural lemon flavouring helps to balance out the grassy flavour to make a not unpleasant tasting drink.
Warrior Reds, £19.99, 150g (30 servings), bodybuildingwarehouse.co.uk
Variety is key to a healthy diet, but when time is short a quick-fix drink can provide a load of fruit and vegetable goodness in a simple shake. Containing extracts and powders of blueberry, pomegranate, watermelon, carrot, loquat, acerola and another ten fruits and veggies, this supplement will help boost your antioxidant and vitamin intake for increased energy levels and general health.
SPIRU-TEIN Puretrition, £48.95, 600g, Wholefoods, Planet Organic.
High energy, high protein and pretty tasty. A vegan, gluten free powder that mixes easily with juice or water. Take up to an hour before your workout or within 30 mins of finishing to make the most of the 19g of protein per serving. Naturally high in antioxidants from organic berries and greens, it should soak up harmful free radicals leaving you feeling energised.