I found this great article on Self Magazine’s website about the 6 best foods for runners. You can find the original article HERE.
So often after I run, my muscles are sore and I am ravenous. Here are some helpful foods that will keep your body replenishing the nutrients it needs while aiding muscle repair and body function.
Almonds are a great snack to add in during the day. Each one contains only 7 calories, and they contain lots of Vitamin E, fiber, protein, and good fats.
Eggs are a fabulous source of protein. One egg contains 70 calories and 7 grams of protein. This protein is what helps repair muscles after training- eat up! No need to skimp on the yolk either- yolks contain nutrients that give you strong eyes.
3. Green leaves
Leafy green veggies are full of skeleton strengthening nutrients- eat spinach, romaine lettuce, kale, bok choy. You name it, it’s giving you stronger bones. The vitamin K in these greens is what helps your body become stronger.
Citrus fruit is excellent at helping your body absorb calcium (which we know aids in bone strengthening), and they are also great because they have been shown to increase fat burning during exercise!
This is pronounced (keen-wah). This low calorie grain is a complete protein! That means it contains all 8 amino acids your body needs- this is something new I learned from reading this article from SELF. Once again, proteins repair muscles, leaving you stronger and healthier.
6. Sweet Potatoes
These are a favorite! They are much better for you than the white starchy regular potatoes. Sweet potatoes are built from complex carbs that will stick with you for the long haul. They are also fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and potassium rockstars.
Runner or not, the reasons these foods are so good for you apply to every person reading this blog. These foods are especially helpful when you are working your muscles hard and need to repair them and replenish your nutritents,
Stock up at the grocery store this week! Your body and next workout will thank you!