I may not love cooking, but I really like to read about foods and what they do to the body. Especially when it comes to fueling for running. I try to eat as simple, natural and convenient as possible, but put a good pizza in front of me and it is on.
It’s all about balance, yo!
After searching Google, because they know more than dumb Siri, here’s what I found.
- Bananas- High in carbohydrates and potassium, which help keep your energy flowing. The potassium helps restore levels lost when sweating it out. Plus carbs give you go go gadget running legs. At least that’s what I tell myself.
- Eggs- A complete protein, which means they contain all 9 essential amino acids. They help promote muscle repair. This is my go to protein source. They are inexpensive and easy to cook up in no time. Perfect for a post run when I’m starvin’ marvin.
- Greens- Can contribute to a stronger skeleton. Spinach, bok choy, & collard greens have high levels of vitamin K which contributes to production of proteins essential for bone health. Unlike the pic below, I usually choose spinach because it’s more versatile. I use it to make salads, soups and sauté it especially when it’s close to expiring.
- Sweet potatoes- They have more than 250% of the DV for vitamin A, plus a lot of vitamin C, potassium, iron, along with manganese and copper, which are a little tough to come by. I love potato’s but I’m not a huge fan of the sweet variety, so I picked up a white sweet potato this week. I think I’m going to roast it with sea salt & pepper and see if I like them that way. Do you have any other ideas?
- Low fat yogurt- Packed with protein and calcium, which help repair muscles. One of my favorite choices post run. I dig Chobani & Fage but there are a lot of other brands out there. Now that I can have dairy without feeling like death, I’m making up for lost time with these babies.
- Almonds- A natural source for vitamin E, which helps reduce your risk for heart disease, helps control cholesterol levels & may protect against cancer. I don’t love nuts, but the Smoked Seasoned Almonds from Trader Joe’s are freaking amazing. I’m sure getting them in a more natural form is best, but I figure something is better than nothing, right?
What is your favorite post run food?
Eggs & yogurt.
What foods are your staples?
Banana’s, soy milk, greens, bread, eggs, yogurt, fresh produce & chicken.
What healthy food do you despise?
Acorn squash, rosemary, milk and I’m sure others I can’t think of right now.
Are you a picky eater?
Yep, especially when it comes to cuts of meat. They have to be extra lean. I’m pretty simplistic when it comes to spices, I can’t name which ones I don’t like, but Mike can.