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The 6 Best Foods for Runners

Sunset Runnerphoto © 2009 Josh Janssen | more info (via: Wylio)We know (and love!) how much you all are dedicated to your small group and boot camp sessions. We also know that some of you use these sessions as a platform for other training, most notably, running. For our dedicated runners out there, we would like to offer these tips on foods to fuel your workouts. But EVERYONE, no matter what your fitness routine, can benefit from adding these fantastic “super foods” into your nutrition. Bon appetit!

Almonds. While high in calories, almonds offer an excellent dose of Vitamin E which studies show helps to lower post-workout soreness. Use them in salads, over oatmeal, or have a scoop of almond butter with your apples.

Eggs.  Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Not only does protein provide energy, but it is essential to recovery. Hard boiled eggs are a quick option for a great snack.

Leafy Greens. As running is a weight-bearing exercise, it takes a toll on your bones. Get extra leafy greens in to promote bone health. Spinach, collard greens, kale and bok choy all over a wonderful dose of Vitamin K which contributes to bone health.

Oranges. Studies show that vitamin helps your body absorb bone-building calcium while increasing fat burn during exercise. Not only do they taste fabulous, but they pack a punch for runners!

Quinoa. Quinoa contains all eight muscle-mending amino acids, and therefore, is a key ingredient in helping your body bounce back after any workout.  Try using it as rice in a veggie stir fry!

Sweet Potatoes. We love sweet potatoes for their ability to provide long last energy, not spiked levels like simple carbs.  Their combo of complex carbs means they are in it for the duration! Not to mention the protein, fiber, potassium and vitamins C and A!

Adapted from self.com

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