I’ve learned by experience, trial and error, failure, and victories that fitness and nutrition for men are two puzzle pieces that fit together to complete a final goal. I can’t get the most out of a gym session without eating right. At the same time, I can’t get the results I want from eating right if I don’t work out properly.
Some Foods Provide Amazing Nutrition for Men
Since these two parts of my health and my goals are equally important and because they depend on each other, I have spent a lot of time tracking what I eat and what I do. I don’t track every meal every day, but I’ll go through spans of a week or two where I’ll track every bite, just to be sure I understand my habits.
This has helped me to be accountable for what I eat. In that, I’ve been motivated to look into the foods I’m eating and discover replacements that I could eat that give even better nutrition for men.
Check Out My Top 5 List of Foods with Great Nutrition for Men
The more I pay attention to what I eat, the more I learn about where I can find solid nutrition for men, and what I can replace with those foods to bring me closer to my goal. Here are the 5 foods I’ve added to my list of go-to foods.
1. Fatty Fish
Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, trout, and tuna are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These fish also contain vitamin D. The average man’s diet is particularly low in both those nutrients. I eat a fatty fish dish twice a week, and that gives support to my heart, brain, nerves, skin, and overall wellness. A great workout needs my heart to pump hard and my circulation to flow efficiently. Omega-3 fatty acids are critical to that.
I used to have berries for dessert when I was a kid. My granny would put them on my ice cream or would just pour cream over them and sprinkle sugar on top. The cream and sugar did lots for my taste buds but nothing for my nutrition. The berries, on the other hand, are filled with antioxidants. Antioxidants are vital to nutrition for men because they help to slow brain function decline related to aging. At the same time, when thrown into a smoothie, they can cover the taste of kale or spinach, to power it up with both nutrients and flavor. I also like them on cereal, oatmeal or yogurt.
3. Whole Grains
You know the oatmeal I put the berries on? It’s one of many chances to eat whole grains, which is a recommendation for men by the American Heart Association. The high fiber, vitamin E, and even protein in whole grains is extremely important to men’s nutrition. With every passing day, it becomes more important to eat foods from this heart-healthy category.
4. Dark Greens
The dark leafy greens I mentioned, like kale and spinach in my smoothie, are excellent sources of nutrition for men. Broccoli, too, for that matter. If you don’t like the taste, do what I do and toss them in with berries to hide them. If you love them (which I actually do, for the most part), put them in and on everything. I get a good handful-sized portion of them onto at least one plate (or smoothie cup) per day. They’ve got antioxidants, iron, and inflammation-fighters, which is excellent for workouts and recovery.
Sauerkraut, kimchi and other fermented veggies are amazing for gut health. Since more than three quarters of the immune system lives in the gut, it’s important to support the microbiome living in there. Men are apparently particularly bad at eating foods that are good for gut health, so I decided to buck the trend and get some real sauerkraut (sold in the refrigerated deli section, not the shelf-stable ones in the grocery aisles) or kimchi onto my foods as much as I can. Usually two to three times at the moment.