Real food tips for runners

By: Kellie McKinney

Real foods—fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats—are better for you than fortified products.

There is  more to a carrot than just vitamin A. There are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients which work together and it's the whole package that promotes good health. 


Here are a few quick tips to help you eat healthy as a runner.

1. Eat a variety of seeds, whole grains, beans, and nuts—which contain protein and essential fats. 

2. Consume a variety of colored fruits and vegetables each day. Eating fruits and veggies supplies your body with vitamins, minerals, and the carbs it needs to fuel your running. 

3. Eat a variety of plant foods with the skin. Apples , grapes, zucchini, potatoes just to name a few offer a variety of health benefits.

4.Eat eggs, poultry, or lean meats from free-range or grass-fed animals. By eating eggs, poultry, and lean meats, along with dairy products, runners can easily meet their increased protein needs . 


If you're an  early riser:

If you wake up two hours before your run, good options include oats, wholegrain toast topped with eggs or a nut butter, granola, whole grain bagels and freshly made smoothies.


If you prefer to get straight on the road , try a small snack with quick releasing energy for example- dried or fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, or a trail mix. 


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