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​ Fuel Your Next Run With These Clean Foods

fuel your next run with these clean foodsRunning is a high impact sport that requires both energy and sustenance. You might have heard of many runners “carb-loading” before a long run, and this is the reason why. They don’t just need a quick source of carbs to provide energy before a run they also need sources that will digest easily, last long and keep them going. No one wants to go out for a run with stomach pains or indigestion, right? But you also don’t want to lose your energy in the middle of an amazing run either. There is a reason we don’t see runners loading up on burgers and bacon before a run. Animal foods take a lot more energy to digest, they are rich in hard to digest fats and protein that may cause inflammation. Before a run your body needs quality nutrition. If you are a runner these plant based foods will give you exactly what you need to keep you going longer and stronger and help you recover more quickly.

1. Chia Seeds

These little seeds are incredibly nutritious, with significant concentrations of protein, fiber and several essential minerals. They are also high in Omega-3, antioxidants, B-Vitamins, calcium, and boron. Chia seeds are a great food for runners. Because they absorb ten times their weight in water as they expand, the water will then be released slowly and evenly into your system. This allows for maximum hydration, which is key when running long distances, during marathons or especially in high heat, where runners lose more and more fluids through their sweat. Chia seeds were an important part of the Aztec and Mayan diet. Aztec warriors used Chia as their main source of fuel during conquests.

2. Maca Powder

Maca is an adaptogenic superfood root. Maca reduces chronic fatigue, improves physical endurance, and increases energy levels and stamina. In ancient times, Maca was only available to the elite class of the Incas and given as a reward to warriors. Maca is perfect for runners and all athletes because it contains nearly all the essential amino acids.

3. Cacao Powder

Cacao is a great source of magnesium, which is beneficial for heart health, good digestion, brain alertness, strong bones, and mental health. Raw cacao also contains many important Vitamins and Minerals, including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, protein, fiber and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C and E. It also contains chromium, phosphorus, Omega-6 fatty acids, saturated fat, amino acids, soluble fiber and enzymes. Cacao is a very well-known superfood for improving energy, performance, and mood.

4. Dates

Dates are a much loved and ancient fruit, because they are very sweet and a great source of potassium, fiber, calcium, copper and iron which keeps your energy up and prevents muscle cramps. Dates digest slowly and provide a quick source of energy, making them perfect for runners.

5. Bananas

Bananas are a runners best friend. They are inexpensive, easy to digest, rich in fiber, natural sugars, and packed with potassium. Bananas are a good source of both vitamins and minerals as well and they couldn’t be any more easy to eat!

Pair together these wonderful foods next time you go out for a run and enjoy!

“Food is Fuel.”

SOURCE FOR THIS ARTICLE:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/fuel-your-next-run-with-these-clean-foods/

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