2 Reasons Why Athletes Should Eat Squash to Peak for Performance
We set out to explain what superpowers this Fall comfort food has for athletes.
Why should I eat squash?
As an athlete, you want to eat foods to power your performance and take your game to the next level! Squash is one of our superfoods on the Eat 4 Performance Foods List. Whether you prefer to eat it blended in a soup or roasted in the oven, learning to incorporate this superpowered food will help you in your goal towards peak performance.
With athletes wanting to reach peak performance, we set out to explain what superpowers this superfood has. Listen up! As learning to incorporate this superpowered Fall comfort food all year long will help keep your eyes healthy and recover after a sweaty training session!
KEEP YOUR EYES HEALTHY
Superpower #1 of Squash
Squash is a good source of beta carotene, which is what gives squash their bright orange and yellow colour. Beta carotene is an antioxidant which is used to make a very important vitamin, vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for the growth and functioning of important parts of our eyes which makes us able to follow the puck or ball, helping to anticipate your opponent's movement in your sport.
RECOVER AFTER TRAINING SESSION
Superpower #2 of Squash
When you are playing sports you may sweat a little or a lot depending on how hard you are working. Sweat is not just water, it contains sodium, potassium, magnesium, and other substances that have been grouped into ‘electrolytes'. Since we are releasing these electrolytes, naturally, we need to put them back into our bodies with food and water. Butternut squash can help replace potassium. 1 cup of butternut squash has 545 mg which is 12% of what's needed in a day. BONUS – potassium is also important in keeping our kidneys, muscles and digestive system working smoothly.
As an athlete, eating a variety of foods from the Eat 4 Performance (E4P) Food List will help you eat for performance. Squash is an Immunity Enforcing Superfood on the E4P Food List, however it has other superpowers as we discussed above. Squash can be enjoyed on its own, on top of a salad, in a soup or added to dishes such as the Peak Lasagna.
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