Food is a very personal thing.
People do not like being told what they should and shouldn’t eat. Still, we all have something to learn when it comes to fueling and nutrition.
A runner needs to fuel for the run, during the run and after the run. Eating is one of the gifts of life and a person should enjoy it. Tastes vary, and every runner needs to find out what works best for them.
I look forward to every meal, and have personally found my eating habits evolving because of running. Variety is one of the secrets to healthy eating. I try to eat different things on different days. I do not eat beef, pork or chicken. But, I do eat fish.
Here are 20 healthy foods I try to eat each week, and I feel have helped me run stronger:
- Hemp Protein Powder–great source of protein and ideal for runners because of it’s potential immune-enhancing and anti-fatigue properties.
- Walnuts–contain essential Omega-3 fatty acids and tons of vitamin E.
- Oats–all around super-food that reduces cholesterol and reduces appetite.
- Yogurt–excellent source of protein and mineral calcium, which is needed for strong bones.
- Bananas–gives you the necessary potassium for good muscle function and prevent cramping.
- Papaya–packed with vitamin C and lycopene, two very beneficial antioxidants.
- Honey–very high concentration of carbohydrates to provide the extra energy you need.
- Sweet Potatoes–considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables we can eat. Packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, potassium, fiber and B vitamins.
- Sardines–powerhouses of protein, vitamin D, calcium and iron.
- Beans–full of protein and contain no fat or cholesterol.
- Chia seeds–high in fiber, magnesium, Omega-3, niacin, thiamine, selenium, iron and phosphorus.
- Leafy Greens–tons of the B vitamins that we need to help convert the carbs in food to glucose that the body can use as a fuel to produce energy.
- Natural Nut Butters–dense source of the protein and amino acids needed to repair muscle tissue.
- Pineapple–great immune booster and disease fighter.
- Flax seeds–help reduce inflammation and good for your colon.
- Olive Oil–contains heart healthy antioxidants and good fats.
- Carrots–full of vitamin A, K and C. Helps with bone strength and kidney health.
- Broccoli–provides sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates, which break down in your body to form isothiocyanates, which stimulate the enzymes in your body that destroy toxins and carcinogens.
- Almonds–full of healthy fats, and may help prevent weight gain.
- Eggs–help improve muscle mass and improve recovery.
What foods do you feel are running staples?