Foods that will make you love your body!

By: Pat Riley


Lets's  discuss some foods to help one show love to their body  - foods that will help fuel peak performance and easily cook up in several delicious meals.

 

Almonds:

Runners should eat a small handful of almonds at least three to five times per week. Nuts, especially almonds, are an excellent source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that many runners fall short on because there are so few good food sources of it. 

Almonds are excellent to add to salads, combine them with dried fruit for an awesome trail mix or, my personal favorite, almond butter spread over whole wheat toast!!!

Eggs:

Egg protein contains all the crucial amino acids your hard-working muscles need to promote recovery. Eat just one of these nutritional powerhouses and you'll also get about 30 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin K, which is vital for healthy bones. And eggs contain choline, a brain nutrient that aids memory, and leutin, a pigment needed for healthy eyes. 

Oranges :

Eat enough oranges and you may experience less muscle soreness after hard workouts such as downhill running. Why? Oranges supply over 100 percent of the DV for the antioxidant vitamin C, and may help alleviate muscle soreness.

Whole grain bread :

Runners need at least three to six one-ounce servings of whole grains per day, and eating 100 percent whole-grain bread is an easy way to meet this requirement since one slice equals one serving. 

Mixed Berries:

The colorful compounds that make blueberries blue, blackberries deep purple, and raspberries a rich shade of red are called anthocyanins—a powerful group of antioxidants . Anthocyanins may also assist with postrun recovery and muscle repair. 

Berries make a great base for a smoothie or eat them straight up or add to some vanilla yogurt with chopped nuts. Or liven up your hot or cold cereal with a big handful. You can also bake berries with a nutty topping of oatmeal, honey, and chopped almonds for a sweet treat after a long weekend run.

Dark chocolate:

Chocolate contains potent antioxidants called flavonols that can assist with inflammation as well. Dark chocolate (the darker the better) generally contains more flavonols than milk chocolate. You can add dark chocolate to trail mix, dip it in peanut butter (my favorite), or combine it with fruit for an even greater antioxidant punch. 

Bananas:

Hungry before your run but don’t want anything that will weigh you down? Grab a banana for a balance of energy-producing carbs and B-vitamins, plus potassium and magnesium for active muscles.

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