As a runner, I am constantly maintaining my health and diet. Regardless of whether you are running professionally or casually, you should be eating as healthily as possible. Running can take a large toll on the body, particularly your knees, so you need to prepare yourself properly. Some foods are better than others at boosting a runner’s body. Here are a few of the best and healthiest foods to eat in order to give you that competitive edge.
Obviously, fruit is going to be one of your best options for healthy eating; but which fruit works best for running? The banana is probably your best option. For anyone looking to load up on carbs before a run, a banana will be your best friend. They’re easy to carry, quick to eat and delicious. As a bonus, bananas are high in potassium which can help to regulate one’s blood pressure and mitigate the risk of having a stroke.
If you aren’t a fish lover, you might want to find another source of protein, but if you happen to be a runner who loves seafood, you should invest heavily in salmon. Salmon is both high in protein as well as omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats are essential to cutting down inflammation. If you’re a runner, you know that inflammation is a severe nuisance. Eating salmon can cut down on any issues that stem from inflammation, including asthma.
Yogurt is jam-packed with calcium which has a bevy of health benefits for your body. The plethora of good bacteria found in yogurt also help to keep your intestines clean and in healthy shape. Your best bet is to eat low-fat plain yogurt and add in some fruit (bananas). Eating it regularly maintains your stomach and intestines.
Not only are sweet potatoes delicious, they are a great source of antioxidants. But their health factor doesn’t end there. Sweet potatoes are also rich in carbs, potassium and fiber! You can also eat the sweet potatoes with other healthy foods to give you a true boost of healthy food.
These are only a few of the healthiest foods you can eat as a runner. There are dozens of other options out there. And you can mix and match different combinations of foods to your liking. Hopefully this list will inspire you to go to your grocery store and pick out some healthy foods. Good luck!