What are MACROnutrients?

Macronutrients are the types of foods (fats, proteins and carbohydrates) required in our diet.  

Fats serve a crucial role as a building block of our structures. They regulate hormones along with endocrine system health. Fat also serves as a source of energy which is why it is important to have it before a workout. Some examples of healthy fats are peanuts, nuts, oils, nut butters, whole eggs, avocados, coconut oil, seeds and cheese.

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy that fuels our body and everything it does, even thinking. This is why you want to have a good carbohydrate right before a workout. Carbohydrates are sugars and starches. They are found in fruit and some vegetables, dairy foods and grain-based foods like bread, breakfast cereals, rice and pasta. Other examples are oatmeal, potato, and wraps.

Protein is important for the growth and repair of the body’s cells and for building muscle.  For this reason, you want to have a protein source right after you workout (within :60 at most). It can also be used to provide energy.   Animal-based foods are excellent sources of protein, such as fish, meat, turkey, chicken, eggs, milk, cheese and yogurt. There are also different protein supplements that you can add into your diet. Good sources of vegetable-based protein include legumes (soybeans, baked beans, kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils), nuts and seeds.