If you go running regularly, you know how hungry you can get at times! Running is a great way to burn calories, but the problem is that running can leave you feeling ravenous throughout the day.
If you’re running to stay fit or lose weight, eating unhealthy foods throughout the day is quite counter-productive. When hunger strikes, most of us are tempted to head for the nearest snack at hand, which most often isn’t the most nutritious item. In addition, most of us have a list of unhealthy foods that we love – ice-cream, chips, chocolate and so forth. If you go running regularly, you might find yourself justifying a few regular, unhealthy treats. The problem is that those treats do add up!
In order to stave off the munchies and avoid high-calorie, sugary and fatty snacks, it’s important to have some healthy snacks at hand. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Yoghurt with Banana
Yoghurt is a great source of calcium, potassium and protein. It’s low in fat content and high in carbohydrates. Bananas, on the other hand, are high in carbohydrates as well as potassium. The sugar in bananas is also easy to digest.
Runners need a lot of potassium in their diet in order to alleviate muscle cramps. This helps in having a better run.
Yoghurt with bananas makes a great pre-run snack. Make sure you eat at least 90 minutes before your run.
2. Carrot and Celery Sticks
Carrot and celery sticks make a great snack. Whenever you feel hungry, try a few of these all-natural snack bars. They fill you up, are high in minerals and vitamins, and are extremely low-calorie.
3. Apple and peanut butter slices
You’ve heard that trite saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – well, turns out it’s kind of true! Apples are extremely healthy, and a good fruit for runners.
In addition, peanut butter is a great source of healthy fat and protein. However, make sure you go for peanut butter that’s low in added sugar and hydrogenated oils. Eaten together, this is one great tasting snack.
Hopefully, these tips will help you eat more healthfully and become a better runner!