Pasta - Fitness Foods for women - Women's Health & Fitness

6. Pasta

Pasta is generally considered the top sports food. It is the meal of choice for loading up on carbohydrates one or two days before a big sporting event.

Carbohydrate-loading is a technique used by athletes to load up muscles before an event so they can maximise their available energy.

All pasta, whether white or brown, is low GI, which means the carbohydrates digest slowly and provide slow-release energy. Brown or whole-wheat pasta is generally higher in fibre, iron, zinc and B vitamins than its traditional counterpart.
Diet tip: Combine pasta with cooked, canned chickpeas and roasted tomatoes for a quick, power-packed meal.