5. Fruit and vegetables
FRUIT (i.e. blueberries, cherries) and vegetables (i.e. kale, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage) are a necessity for any fridge or freezer whether this is in frozen or fresh forms. Fruit and vegetables contain many essential vitamins and minerals that have a vast array of jobs within the body and are especially important for supporting the immune function of an individual, so preventing illness or sickness. Every meal should aim to include a large portion of vegetables or for those who do not particularly like vegetables it may be useful to blend them in a smoothie to hide the taste and texture. Fruits should be consumed around training to contribute to providing energy for such sessions whilst the like of blueberries and cherries also have specific antioxidant properties which means they may reduce feelings of soreness after training.