Living an active lifestyle is only made better by eating healthily. Runners tend to eat a lot so you may find yourself craving a between-meal snack to keep you fuelled. Try one of these seven snacks best suited to the energy needs of runners.
1. Apple Slices and Nut-Butter
This is a perfect snack for runners because it is a natural, healthy energy boost. The nut-butter adds a little protein to the snack, which moderates energy release. You can try mixing and matching nut-butters and types of apples. Our favourite is a sliced Granny Smith apple with a teaspoon of cinnamon mixed into almond butter.
2. Unprocessed Whole-grains
Even if you generally prefer to stay away from carbs, a yummy snack made with whole-grains can seriously improve your training. Getting to know which whole-grains agree with you is important. Once you know which grains do not make you bloat, pair a whole-grain cracker or slice of toast with proteins like avocado, nut-butter, medium-fat cheese, or cured meat.
3. Yoghurt and Fresh Fruit
Good nutrition can be really delicious! Cape Town is a great place for runners making snacks with fresh fruit. Try to use fruits that are in season to ensure that you are getting the most out of what you are snacking on. If you find yourself in a rush add this snack to ice and blend for a delicious smoothie.
4. Go Nutty for Nuts
The healthy fats and oils in nuts are great for sustaining energy and maintaining muscle health. For a bit of diversity in your diet try mixing your favourite nuts together. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, add two teaspoons of chocolate chips or raisins to 100g of nuts to make your own trail mix.
5. Quinoa Brownies
Another ideal diet addition for runners is whole-grain, great for a chocolate-lover, and almost guilt-free. Quinoa brownies are a healthy alternative to the classic baked treat. Make these brownies with dark chocolate, instead of milk chocolate, and look after your heart too.
Providing it is not loaded with butter and salt, popcorn is an ideal snack for runners. Air pop your snack by sticking a paper bag holding a cup of popcorn kernels into the microwave. When the popping stops your popcorn is ready! Top with a little bit of ground sea salt or spices.
7. Avocado with Balsamic Vinegar
For a low-GI mid-morning snack halve an avocado and cube the fruit carefully, using the skin as a bowl. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the slices and add a touch of ground seas salt and black pepper.
Always remember to listen to your body. If you have a run planned, your body will know best what you need to keep you going. Get creative with these snacks and enjoy the other runner’s high: delicious food.