Simple Ways to Maximize Your Workout Regimen with Kiwifruit
Health & Lifestyle
Did You Know
Summer is here!
And whether you already have your "summer body" (Congrats!) or you're still working on it (You can do it!), one thing's for certain: Getting fit and staying active means getting up and staying energized. Jogging, cycling, swimming — anything that gets your feet moving and your heart going. But for that, you'll need plenty of energy.
Fortunately, you have Zespri Kiwifruit on your team.
Kiwifruit adds a wonderful taste to any recipe. But more than that, kiwifruit makes it easy to get the heart-healthy nutrition you need before and after a workout.
Fuel Up with Kiwifruit and Potassium
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. If you have a busy schedule ahead of you — even if you're not working out that day — you'll want to make sure that you power-up with a proper meal. That means getting plenty of potassium.
Potassium is a key mineral that the body relies on heavily to function properly. As an electrolyte, it helps regulate fluid balance, nerve signals and muscle contractions. It's also great for maintaining low blood pressure. Potassium also helps store carbohydrates, which in turn fuels your muscles. Fortunately, a serving of kiwifruit (about two medium-sized kiwifruit) has about as much potassium as a large banana.
So think of a high-potassium breakfast or mid-afternoon snack, like our Potassium Power Smoothie, as a primer for your workout. Simple to make and absolutely delicious. As an extra bonus, this smoothie delivers a blast of vitamin C that will help you stay energized and pump up your immune system.
Pre-Workout Boost with Kiwi
We all have different nutritional needs. But there are three things almost everyone needs for a solid, effective workout: proteins, carbs and fats — all perfectly balanced.
While you want a pre-workout meal that's packed with nutrients, you don't want something heavy that will weigh you down. That's why our Shades of Green Super Foods Salad is perfect. You'll get plenty of energizing carbohydrates and protein from the edamame and pistachio, as well as a tremendous amount of potassium and fiber, thanks to the kale and chopped Zespri Green kiwifruit.
Pro-Tip: Want even more fiber? Leave the skin on the kiwifruit!
Pistachios are also a great source of monounsaturated fat — aka the "good fat." It's the heart-healthy type that can help lower levels of bad cholesterol.
This recipe really is an ideal pre-workout meal. Light, easy, simple and filling — the perfect combination!