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Best Foods to Eat for Runners

Posted on: July 17, 2012

During the summer in Texas, my race training is tapered since there aren’t as many races. While I’m still running consistently, I won’t hit training mode until next month to gear up for the fall and spring.

What I eat during training is pretty important. Your body needs fuel and what type of fuel you give it determines how well you perform. This is the case for all of life – the better you treat your body, the better it will perform for you. {I should say – just because I advocate for healthy eating, does not mean I always eat healthy foods. I do have a weakness for sweets. And I might have had two helpings of cobbler with ice cream on Saturday night. Maybe.}

Best Foods to Eat for Runners

1. Bananas – Bananas are great sources of potassum, which helps fight against muscle soreness.

2. Sweet Potatoes – I LOVE sweet potatoes. Not those weird one covered in marshmallows at Thanksgiving. Give them to me baked or mashed, with or without seasoning. They are just so yum. And super good for you.

3. Berries – The great thing about berries is that the fill you up without filling you out. Plus they are loaded with nutrients {and good carbohydrates that your body needs for energy}.

4. Yogurt – Yogurt is a great source of protein, which you body needs in order to replenish and keep your muscles strong. Plus, you can use it as a base for a delicious banana and berry smoothie.

5. Lean meats – As I mentioned, protein is a much needed nutrient for your body. Protein keeps your body from breaking down its own tissues and muscles. However, you want to be mindful of what types of protein you consume – staying clear of super fatty ones {think giant marbled steaks} that could be harmful to your health with long term consumption.

6. Vegetables – Like berries, vegetables fill you up without filling you out. And they back a mean punch in the nutrients department, supplying your body with a wide range of benefits from vitamin B to iron.

7. Whole Grains – Whole grains are another reliable source of protein and good carbohydrates, but the key is WHOLE grain. You want to be on the look out for grains like quinioa and barley – grains that haven’t been broken down and processed.

8. Beans – Beans, beans good for you heart, the more you eat them the more you…. Beans are a stable in my diet. You can’t beat a food that is full of protein and fiber, while low in fat. Put a big helping of beans on a salad and you have the perfect lunch.

9. Salad – Speaking of salads, they make great fillers. Eating spaghetti for dinner? But it in a bowl with salad. You’ll find yourself feeling fuller longer.

10. Eggs – Hard boiled eggs make a great go-to snack. You can boil up a half dozen or so to store in your fridge for the week to grab whenever you need. Add them to some water-based {low sodium} tuna and talk about yumminess {straight from the can even!}.

I love food and I love to eat. I would love to hear about your healthy snacks.

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*Disclaimer: All tactics/tips are my own personal opinions and not medically backed. Please seek medical advice before starting any running program.

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7 Responses to "Best Foods to Eat for Runners"

You’re such a professional runner now, it’s been fun to watch you grow! Keep up the hard work.

I love all these snacks and would add hummus and Mary’s Gone Crackers (just discovered these at Costco and they’re addictive). Hmm baby carrots are also a go to right now and cucumbers but those fall inthe veggie and salad category. I LOVE quinoa, black beans, and avocado plus red bell pepper for a meal or snack.

Oh hummus! Such a delicious snack. Though, now that Hannah is a fan, it doesn’t last long around here. 😉

I’ve not heard of Mary’s Gone. I’ll have to check them out.

Don’t berries = fruit and not veggie?

Yes, I mean berries to equal fruit not veggies. 🙂

I used to run, until my knee said, No more! However, I still try to eat healthy-for the most part!! I eat pretty much all the items you listed, but I also eat a lot of nuts-all kinds.:) They are very handy to eat after I go to the gym and need something quick before I get home or while I am out shopping. Keep up your awesome work, Sarah!! Miss you!

Nuts are super yum too! Miss you! Hope you’re enjoying CA!

Great list, Sarah…and can I just add…
beans, beans, the musical fruit…the more you eat, the more you… toot
That’s the version our little girls like to sing around here. Lol! And yep, I know they aren’t a fruit, but it rhymes well and keeps them from saying the other word at the end.

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