If your a committed runner then you probably have learned to eat well. Sure you might grab a quick bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, yogurt for a snack, or a smoothie after a run. All of these are smart choices but they can be even better. By adding on additional ingredients to these kinds of foods will help boost your body with a variety of nutrients. Here’s how to upgrade your usual foods with nutrient-packed ingredients.
Boost smoothies – add unsweetened coca powder
Coca powder is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Also helps protect skin from the sun and lower blood levels of C-reactive protein. Coca powder contains no added sugar and less saturated fat.
Boost oatmeal – add wild blueberries
Wild blueberries contain the most antioxidants; rich in vitamin C. This nutrient is needed to produce carnitine, a compound that helps the body turn fat into energy.
Boost yogurt – add chia seeds
Chia seeds provide more alpha-linolenic accid or ALA, a type of omega-3 that fights inflammation. Rich in calcium and pack 11 grams of fiber per ounce. Once eaten, chia seeds swell, forming a gel in your stomach. This helps slow digestion making it a healthy snack. From personal experience, I sometimes take chia seeds with me on a run for a snack.
“Get Fit, Stay Fit.” Runner’s World May 2010: 70. Print. A section about watching your running form every step of the way.