If like me you’re keen to run on a regular basis, then you will want to make sure
that you are eating the right foods to provide you with plenty of energy. With this
in mind, here is a quick guide to some of the culinary creations which you may want
to try if you’re keen to go the distance and improve your stamina.
Although most diets which are aiming at weight-loss will tell you to avoid complex
carbohydrates found in foods such as bread and pasta, these foods can actually prove
essential for runners. This is good news for anyone who loves nothing more to chill
out with a game or cheeky bingo or a great film and a delicious pasta bake.
To keep your meal as nutritious as possible, try and choose wholegrain versions of your
chosen carbohydrate, and include plenty of fresh vegetables, too.
As a runner, you’ll also need to build muscle. The best foods to help do this are
those within the protein food group – eggs, fish and lean meats all being great
examples of foods which are high in protein. Runners need more protein than most
people, and so it can be wise to try and eat at least two sizeable portions per day.
Avoid fried or battered proteins, as these will also be high in fats.
When it comes to fruit, the banana should be a go to food for keen runners. Bananas
are another healthy source of carbohydrates, but one which is also high in minerals
such as potassium. If you’re looking for a quick-fix food which will give you the
energy you need for a run, then bananas can be ideal. Don’t forget that you’ll also
need to stay hydrated throughout your run, so it can be a good idea to carry a
bottle of water with you at all times. Post-run? Nothing better than an orange juice!