With spring in the air I was in search of the best recommended spring foods for runners to improve performance, and properly fuel the body. Melissa LeBlanc, a B.C. registered dietitian from Everyday Nutrition offers her five tips to spring clean your body for running with these foods:
1.) Whole grains – pasta, oatmeal, whole grain breads and cereals. These are super important for fuel because they contain carbohydrates, B vitamins and fibre.
2) Fruit and starchy vegetables – similar to whole grains, these are a great source of carbohydrates but also the colorful pigments which are antioxidants help repair our bodies
3) Protein foods – plant-based or animal source of protein are important and should be included at each meal. You don’t need a lot but they also help to repair our bodies after a good run
4) Greens and colorful veggies – these are packed with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and fibre. Aim to include 2 cups of veggies at lunch and dinner, or include them as part of an afternoon snack
5) Water – I know this is probably not new, but oh so important. Aim to drink 6 – 8 cups of water each day to stay well hydrated and energized on your run. On warmer days increase the water to 8 – 10 cups.
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Christine Blanchette is an avid runner, lifestyle writer and host of her own television show – Run With It and YouTube – runwithitcb1