Now that I have you all running, right?!, you need to know what to feed that ferocious running machine! While eating healthy, such as whole foods, will always be great for your body’s performance, there are certain foods that help someone with the muscles and needs of a runner.
Snacking is an easy way to get off track with your eating, so here you’ll find some quick suggestions for incorporating healthier snacks into your running and daily routine.
Eggs– whether hardboiled, scrambled or fried, eggs are ideal for runner. “Egg protein is the most complete food protein short of human breast milk, which means the protein in eggs contains all the crucial amino acids your hard-working muscles need to promote recovery,” according to Runnersworld.com.
- Consider hard boiling a couple eggs and having them for your morning or afternoon snack.
Bananas– These energy packed fruits will give you the most bang for your buck. Packed with carbs and potassium, you will have more energy and better blood pressure regulation.
- If you run in the morning, quickly snack on a banana before the run for extra energy.
- Revive your energy stores with a banana right after your run.
Berries– Thanks to their high fiber content, vitamin C and potassium, berries offer their services to repair your worked and torn muscles.
- Put blueberries in oatmeal.
- Put strawberries in your cold cereal.
- Make a mixed berry smoothie.
If you’re afraid of your berries going bad before eating them, buy a bag of frozen. I always do this, and it’s great. Just make sure that no additives have been included; you want the ingredients to only list the fruit itself.
Veggies with hummus– Beta carotene and Vitamin C have been found to decrease muscle soreness and inflammation after a hard run or workout.
- Have carrots, broccoli, and slices of red and yellow peppers with hummus for a snack that will quench your hunger and go to work on those sore legs.
While there are a million other snack options for the runner, as always I want to encourage you to see what works for you. Remember that carbs, beta carotene, Vitamin C and Potassium all work hard in a runners body. However you get those nutrients is up to you!
Happy running, I hope everyone’s week 2 is going well!