Happy Wednesday and welcome to another edition of Running Coaches’ Corner, where Debbie, Susie, Rachel and I talk about everything that you need to know about running! This month, we’re focusing on nutrition, which I’ve learned is probably the most important of training and preparing for a race.
One of the things that I’ve learned is that you need to master the art of snacking when you’re a runner. Eating three meals a day just doesn’t cut it because your metabolism definitely goes into overdrive.
I usually have a snack in my purse at all times, you know, in case of an emergency. Over the years, I’ve narrowed down my favorites and so today, sharing the best snacks for runners according to yours truly.
1. PROBAR Bite
The PROBAR Bite are the perfect size for a snack — about 180-190 calories — and I love that they aren’t stuffed full with bad ingredients or a ton of sugar. It depends on the bar, but they generally have around 10 grams of sugar and are certified organic. Plus, they are gluten, dairy and soy free — which is an added bonus if you have any allergies. My favorite flavors are the Coconut Almond and Peanut Butter Crunch. SO GOOD.
2. Apple + almonds
My go-to super easy snack is an apple and almonds. Did you know that eating an apple has somewhat similar effects to drinking caffeine? It’s because of the sugars; but basically, if you are feeling tired, grab an apple instead of soda and see if it keeps you awake. I also love to add almonds for a pop of protein to keep me full (which is always important because, hanger ruins lives).
3. Hummus + carrots
A few years ago, I learned how to make hummus and wondered why it took me so long. Basically —> chickpeas + olive oil + garlic in a food processor; add olive oil until it reaches your favorite consistency. This, with some carrots, makes the perfect snack (and to be honest, dinner sometimes). I also like to eat it with cucumbers, broccoli and peppers. I usually try to stay away from pita or any bread-like thing because it makes the calories jump up a ton.
4. Hardboiled egg
Hardboiled eggs have become my FAVORITE in the past few months. I usually eat two for breakfast along with a protein shake in the morning, and it actually keeps me full for a good four hours. When I’m hungry, and don’t have a lot of time, I usually grab one of these and add some salt to it and it makes the perfect holdover for a few more hours. P.S. If you still believe that you shouldn’t eat eggs because they are bad for your heart health, check out THIS article. There has been some research in recent years that disproves this and they definitely add a number of benefits.
5. Greek yogurt + berries
When I’m craving something sweet, I always opt for some Greek yogurt and berries. I love this combination and it tastes like dessert… of course making it one of the best snacks for runners. Of course, look for the Greek yogurt that is low in sugar… sometimes the sugar levels in these can jump up pretty high and that’s definitely not good. I like to use plain Greek yogurt and add my own berries. Usually this is a good after-dinner or mid-afternoon snack (since that’s when my sweet tooth seems to kick in).
What are your favorite snacks? What’s the biggest challenge you have for fueling during marathon training?
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