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Why veg beats en­ergy bars as gym fuel

For­get en­ergy bars and pro­tein balls, the best pre-work­out snack could be lurk­ing in your veg­gie drawer. A study in the jour­nal Fron­tiers in Phys­i­ol­ogy found that veg­eta­bles rich in ni­trate – we’re talk­ing spinach, cel­ery and beet­root – could al­low you to go at it for longer by help­ing the body to use less oxy­gen. Dan Thom­son of smoothie bar Su­per­nat­u­ral† sug­gests a tasty way to get your pre-work­out boost: juice half a raw beet­root, a hand­ful of spinach, 10g gin­ger, 1 large kale leaf, 2 car­rots and half a lime. You’ll be rar­ing to go in no time.

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