Beets. Beets. Beets.
If you are like me, then beets are definitely not on your list of preferred veggies. BUT they SHOULD be!
I’ve always heard that beets were good for endurance, but I was never really willing to try them as a pre-workout.
BUT one day, I decided to try it out by drinking a beet smoothie before my workout and let me tell you, it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.
The workout turned out to be one of the best workouts I have ever had. My endurance was insane throughout the entire workout. I was able to run longer, do more reps in my sets, etc.
In fact, when I ended my workout, I still had energy! It was almost scary how great the beets worked.
Beets contain a lot of nitrates, which reduce the amount of oxygen required to produce energy, which means the body is able to perform more work using the same amount of energy as it would without the nitrates.
The science behind it is that nitrates are converted into nitric oxide, which causes blood vessels to relax and widen. This allows more oxygen-rich blood to flow through body. And the more oxygen reaches the muscles, the longer they’re able to perform at a higher intensity.
To top it off, beets have many other healthy benefits including: lowering blood pressure, encouraging healthy cholesterol levels, they contain a lot of antioxidants (which boost immune system), cleansing, and much more!
Anyways, all you have to do is cook the beets and then blend them up.
You could also juice the beet, but then you are not getting all of the other nutrients and fiber from the beet. The juicing will give you the benefit of the endurance, but like they say, if you eat something you should eat it in its entirety not just parts of it.
So, if your looking to get in a good workout, want some great nutrients, and want to avoid drinking the pre-workouts filled with chemicals and artificial flavoring/coloring, then go make yourself a beet smoothie!!