Salmon

Best For: Long, slow endurance recovery

The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil appear to help reduce post-exercise muscle inflammation. Via Shutterstock     Photo: Nikola Bilic

Why it Works: Scientists are still debating this one, but the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil appear to help reduce post-exercise muscle inflammation. The conventional wisdom is that omega 3s lower the amount of prostaglandin, a naturally produced compound in the body that can accentuate inflammation. Salmon is also packed with lean protein. Stanford University sports nutritionist and physiologist, Stacy Sims, adds the fish to her endurance athlete’s post recovery meal in order to enhance muscle repair.

The Recipe: Stacy Sims’s Recovery Breakfast
Spread lowfat ricotta or cream cheese on quinoa or sprouted grain flatbread and add two to three slices of Lox.

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