Recovery is an essential part of anyone’s fitness journey. Nutrition is one of the key aspects in recovery as food is the fuel your body will use to grow and repair. This article contains 5 foods that will optimize your recovery and ensure you smash you next workout. 


Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries etc. are all high in antioxidants, but what are antioxidants exactly? When you’re exposed to toxins, alcohol use and smoking this causes an accumulation of reactive oxidant species (ROS for short) which can lead to cell and tissue damage. Even when you exercise oxidative stress occurs, keep in mind a certain amount is needed for you to grow and adapt. A diet rich in natural antioxidants (not supplemental) is highly recommended. 

Fatty fish

Fatty fish such as Salmon, sardines and tuna are all a great source of a complete proteins. This, in turn, can help repair your muscles and induce performance benefits in cardiovascular and strength training. Fatty fish also contains vitamin D which can helps with muscle performance and your immune system health. The healthy fats that fish has can also lower inflammation and help prevent heart disease.

Skin-on chicken

While most people would opt for skinless chicken breast and chicken thighs you’re actually throwing out a valuable protein: Collagen. Collagen not only provides benefits against signs of aging, wound healing, joint pain, joint longevity. Collagen also could alleviate muscle damage and inflammation following an intense work out.

Leafy greens

Leafy greens such as spinach and lettuce are high in vitamin B. As many people are deficient in vitamin B getting enough can help those who struggle with fatigue and can even boost your work out performance. 

BananasA staple of tennis players during their breaks and for good reason too! Bananas are high in simple carbohydrates, meaning they get absorbed quickly and get stored in your muscles. This rapid absorption of carbs allows you to recover quickly and work at a high intensity. Not to mention they all contain potassium one of electrolytes which can help to prevent cramps.