Runner Infographic: The 11 Best Foods for Runners
Here are the 11 best minimally processed food for runners . . .
Sweet Potatoes — Packed with beta-carotene and potassium which promote recovery. Also contains manganese which is essential for healthy muscle function.
Eggs — Contains all the amino acids the body needs to rebuild the muscle broken down during exercise.
Black Beans — Carbs fuel your run, while protein and antioxidants promote muscle recovery.
Salmon — Provides omega-3 fats which counteract inflammation and promote recovery.
Berries — The high amounts of antioxidants and vitamins in berries help stave off soreness after a hard workout.
Yogurt — Great source of protein and calcium to keep stress fractures at bay. Also may promote tummy fat loss.
Bananas — Perfect pre-run, high carb snack. High in potassium which balances electrolytes and protects from getting leg cramps.
Lean Beef — Keep iron levels up by eating lean beef, one of the best sources of complete iron.
Almond Butter — High in vitamin E which prevents muscle soreness.
Quinoa — A healthy carbohydrate that provides muscle building protein. Also contains the 8 amino acids the body requires to put that protein to good use.
Coffee — Caffeine boosts performance, endurance and recovery. Black coffee also provides powerful antioxidants.
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Curator: John Kremer