When it comes to nutrition, the best way to make sure you’re getting a balanced and healthy diet is to make sure you’re getting enough of each of the five food groups. These food groups are fruit & veg, carbs, protein, dairy or dairy alternatives and fats and we’ll be taking you through exactly how much of each group you need in order to make sure you’re in optimum health.
Fruit and vegetables should make up a significant part of your diet and the best way to do this is to make sure that you eat five portions of fruits and veggies per day. These should also vary so as to give your body a wide range of vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrates should make up a third of your diet as they give you slow releasing energy – but you have to make sure they’re whole grain. Dairy and dairy alternatives are mostly important for their high levels of calcium to keep your bones and teeth healthy. Beans, pulses, eggs and fish are some of the best sources of protein so make sure you’ve got plenty of those in your diet too. And not forgetting the unsaturated fats such as oils and spreads (in smaller amounts) as they are high in energy.
Snacking in between meals can be beneficial – as long as you’re snacking on the right things! It’s best to stay away from any snacks with added sugar or salt as these are not nutritionally beneficial. The good news is that TREK bars are completely free of added anything, are full of protein and are 100% plant based! They taste delicious and will give you the boost of energy you need to keep you going throughout the day. Why not try our Peanut Power Energy Bar if you’re looking for a 3pm boost or maybe our Coconut & Raspberry Bar with a cuppa for your elevenses snack?
But there are other variables specific to men’s nutrition that are important to take into consideration. For example, cisgendered men don’t need as big an iron intake as women as they don’t menstruate and are therefore not losing as much iron every month. There are also foods that can aid men’s nutrition such as testosterone boosting foods.
Testosterone is best known for being the male sex hormone, however it’s also responsible for bone, muscle and hair growth. You can lose testosterone as you age so it’s important to make sure you consume a well-balanced, nutrient dense diet. Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for men as is the mineral zinc as they’re both precursors to testosterone.
Men also tend to want to make sure they’re getting their optimum protein intake – especially if they’re focussing their exercise routine on building muscle. But not all protein powders have the same effects! Let’s take a look through all the best protein powders for men and which one would best suit your needs.
Thanks for joining our in depth look into men’s nutrition. We hope you’ve learned more about how important it is to fuel your body with the right nutrients and the right amount of them. There’s nothing more important in terms of nutrition than making sure your diet is balanced and you’re staying as active as possible. If you’re looking for more information on nutrition, keep your eyes peeled for our women’s nutrition and general nutrition blogs!
Find our general nutrition blog here: https://eattrek.com/blog/making-nutrition-simple/
Find out women’s nutrition blog here: https://eattrek.com/blog/an-easy-guide-to-womens-nutrition/