Fuel Your RunningPerformance

By: Kellie McKinney

Complex carbs which help to fuel our long runs - pasta, bread, oats usually fit into a brown/beige color. Fruits and veggies add nutrients along with bright eye catching colors to brighten up your meals.  

Eat the rainbow. It might sound like a broken record, but there’s a method to the madness of recommending more natural color in ones healthy lifestyle.  When you find foods that are bursting with colors, you find foods that are naturally rich in phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. From blueberries to raspberries to cranberries and cherries every one of these colorful gems offers a healthy benefit! 

Foods that are deep green contain a wealth of nutrients such as lutein, fiber, folate, and vitamin A. Foods that are naturally white (milk, yogurt, cheeses) contain a healthy dose of calcium, potassium, and hard-to-find vitamin D, while their white produce partners like cauliflower, onions, and garlic contain immune-boosting and inflammation-fighting components.  When choosing orange produce, you’ll find collagen-protecting and immune-boosting vitamin C, and vision-protecting vitamin A.

Red -

There's no better time to eat a fiber rich apple than fall!!  Otherwise look for cherries and their juice - both contain anti - inflammatory properties that help reduce muscle soreness from putting in the miles.  

Yellow - 

Eggs have many health benefits for runners - protein for muscles and choline to help with inflammation.  Best known in this "yellow" category is the banana for their complex carbs . Potassium and convenience.  

Blue -

 Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and fiber.  Add them to yogurt or your morning oats.  

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