Eat, Champions!

Want To Be A Jiu-Jitsu World Champion…Than You Must Eat Like One

Ever been on the mat and just not have that extra bit of energy that you needed?  You may think that you are out of shape, but the truth probably lies in your nutrition.  Food is the fuel of the body, when you eat like crap…you will perform like crap.  

Here are 6 items that no Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion should be without: Oatmeal, Yogurt, Coconut Water, Walnuts, Blueberries and Spinach

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[social][/social]Oatmeal
If you are looking for the perfect way to start you day then look no further.  Oatmeal provides not only long lasting energy, but also kicks your metabolism without a tremendous amount of calories.  Hearty steel cut is the way to go, but if you are in a rush, quick oats will do just fine.

Yogurt
Protein, Calcium, and pro-biotic cultures… now if this is not a perfect snack, I don’t know what is.  Be really careful with the ones that you select.  I always say that if my 5-year-old nephew would pick it out then it is not for me.  Plain is always the best option, but we can also settle for one that is lower in sugar.

Coconut Water
This is a perfect way to rehydrate your body. Not only is it naturally low in calories it is also fat free. One serving usually has the same amount of potassium as a banana and is low in sodium.  It also contains calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.  That is why it is great for after training and a much better selection than those sport drinks that are high in sugar.

Walnuts
High in fiber, protein and healthy unsaturated fat, walnuts make a great snack to help control your weight. Like all nuts, however, walnuts are high in calories, so eat them in moderation. A handful is all that is needed.

[bjjad][/bjjad]Blueberries
Whether frozen or fresh, blueberries pack a tremendous amount of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin A and C.  Blueberries are also very low in calories.  I love using this fruit to enhance my protein shakes in the morning.

Spinach
I will be honest with you, I hate the taste of spinach but I cannot deny the truth…  Spinach is the one of the most nutrient rich foods and packs the most power in its punch.  With only 40 calories in one cup, spinach has been shown to help osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, arthritis, and many more diseases.

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