Healthy Snacks To Help Fuel Your Next Run
Whether you are training for a marathon or running is a crucial part of your morning routine, you are probably aware of the fact that various types of food can affect your performance in different ways. While there are those meals that will knock you out and leave you feeling sleepy and lazy, there are also those snacks that can fuel your runs and help you give your 100% on the track. Therefore, choosing the right type of food is just as important as choosing the proper running gear. If you are not sure which type of food should find its place on your plate, here are several suggestions you might find useful.
As soon as we notice that bananas in our fridge have started to lose their yellow color and look more brownish, we immediately eat them or turn them into banana bread just so they wouldn’t go to waste. However, there is nothing wrong with ripe ones. In fact, riper fruit has simpler sugars, which means they will quickly be absorbed into the bloodstream and give you that energy boost you need. If you are worried that your snack will end up all over your bag, you can mash a banana and carry it in a reusable bag.
When buying peanut butter, you need to find a pure one without any added sugar, salt or oil. This type of butter is a great source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Some people avoid eating peanut butter because it contains a lot of fat and is high in calories but keep in mind that it mostly consists of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are responsible for boosting your immune system, preventing injuries and speeding up your recovery after a run. Since peanut butter contains protein as well, it helps your muscles grow. Try putting peanut butter on whole-grain toast, rice cakes or a popcorn mix made of LesserEvil Organic Himalayan Pink Popcorn, and place several slices of apple or banana on top.
Raisins, Dates, and Dried Cherries
If you need to grab a quick bite in the middle of a run, dried fruit such as raisins, dates and dried cherries can give you the energy you need and reduce muscle soreness caused by exercise. These treats are high in simple sugars and carbohydrates, as well as a good source of potassium.
If you have a sweet tooth and you cannot live without chocolate, here is great news for you. Dark chocolate, the one made with at least 70% cacao is great for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing inflammation, and boosting your mood. You can combine it with a handful of nuts, or make tasty cups with LesserEvil Himalayan Gold Organic Popcorn.
Even if it isn’t your favorite vegetables in the world, broccoli is a good source of vitamins C and K, calcium and folic acid so it is a great ally in preventing sore muscles and strengthening our bones.
Homemade Energy Bars
If you wish to mix things up and combine several foods from this list, making homemade energy bars is a great way to do it. Try out different combinations, make sweet and salty treats with dark chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, organic popcorn, honey or brown rice syrup and find a combo that suits your taste.
So, you see, a balanced and varied diet is the key to your success. There are so many foods that can boost your performance and turn you into a running machine, just make sure you steer clear of trans fats, alcohol, fried foods, and full-fat dairy or otherwise your workout will turn into a stomach-cramp filled disaster.
Nemanja Marinkoff is editor-in-chief and TheGearHunt and WalkJogRun. He's a marketing expert, and he's interested in all things related to basketball. He also loves marzipan, although his wife hates it. You can find him on Twitter.
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