After an intense sweat session, the dietary nitrates in beets can enhance vascular function and aid recovery. Beets are also a good source of the amino acid betaine (pronounced “BEET-uh-een”), which several studies have shown boosts muscular strength.
How to eat: Love beets? Cook and toss them in salads. If the thought of beets makes you cringe, try adding raw beets to a berry-based smoothie or use chocolate protein powder to mask the flavor.