In a study, endurance athletes ate either sports gel or 2.5 to 3 ounces of raisins before doing 45 minutes of cycling. Blood samples were collected before and during their workouts. The raisin eaters had no problem keeping pace with the gel takers and had higher blood levels of free fatty acids. Translation: Raisins revved up their metabolisms to burn more fat.
Raisins are loaded with antioxidants and good-for-you nutrients like fiber, iron and potassium. So keep a stash on hand to help you meet your fruit intake needs when your fruit bowl runs empty. They're super easy to sneak into most meals:
- Sprinkle raisins on hot cereal, or on crusty whole-grain bread smeared with peanut butter.
- Toss raisins into your favorite lunch salad.
- Put them on pizza.