Get Ready to Run – Preparing with a Great Runner’s Diet
SweetsDark Chocolate – Chocolate? We all love chocolate. Chocolate is great for your heart and is full of antioxidants. I consider that a win!
ProteinEggs – Eggs are one of the best sources of protein around. You have many options on preparations and they are pretty tasty. You can also eat them at any time of the day. I feel pretty silly eating chicken in the morning, but breakfast for dinner is amazing!
Salmon – Besides tasting amazing, salmon is a good source of omega-3 fats and it helps with inflammation.
Chicken – Chicken is great because it is easy to cook. It contains selenium, something that will help protect muscles from damage.
DairyLow Fat Yogurt – Yogurt has many health benefits. It helps with digestion, contains probiotics, and has anti-inflammatory powers. You can also mix yogurt with other food groups such as sweets, proteins, or fruits for added taste and effect.
VegetablesMixed Greens – Who wants a boring salad? I certainly don’t eat iceberg (since it has 0 nutritional value). I personally love a mixture of spinach (a super food) along with romaine and kale. The more you mix, the more benefits you will get from the different types.
FruitsOranges – Oranges will help with soreness when you are running because of the vitamin C. Remind me to take supplements, drink orange juice and eat nothing but oranges before my next race!
Mixed Berries – It seems that the popular theme in runner’s advice is to pump yourself full of food with tons of antioxidants. Whether you are eating fresh or frozen berries, you should try and get as many as possible because these are great for muscle repair and can help with future problems that could arise.
GrainsWhole Grains – Whether it is breads or pastas, go for the whole grain. It is easier on your digestion, contains more nutrients, and has more health benefits.