When you’re on your way to the half crazy life of a half marathoner, it’s super important to fuel properly. Your body will start to crave antioxidants and electrolytes as you boost your weekly mileage, and you’ll start to feel a bit hungrier on rest days. Luckily, these foods exist to help you reach your half marathon #goals.
Ever find that all that running is leading to muscle cramps? If this is one of your training setbacks, perhaps you need a bit of potassium. Bananas are rich in this electrolyte, and this high-carb fruit is a great way to improve the way your muscles work. Want to make the fruit more fun? Spice it up a bit by making healthy frozen greek yogurt banana poppers.
2. Peanut Butter
Not a fan of cream cheese? Are you a vegan runner in need of some protein for all the miles you’re piling on? Peanut butter is a great addition to a bagel before running, or tastes super yummy on wheat toast post-workout. Your body’s depletion of amino acids will greatly appreciate a nice smear of PB (and maybe some J, too). Feeling super motivated? Make your own peanut butter.
Once you get back on your feet after a rest day, it’s okay to pay that extra $1.95 for guac at Chipotle. After all, this healthy fat is full of so many other healthy benefits. Avocados are potassium-rich (like bananas), contain fiber, and can even lower cholesterol. All great things for the Grecian goddess marathoner in you.
4. Dark Chocolate
For those who get a sweet tooth after a long run, dark chocolate will be your new BFF. The cocoa it’s made with contains plenty of antioxidants, and you’d probably never know that — or think of it — with how great it tastes. And if you love both dark chocolate and avocado, check out this recipe to see how to make super healthy truffles from the two ingredients.
5. Grilled Chicken
Sometimes a high-carb treat isn’t what your body or mind wants after a run. Often times, your muscles just want to feel like a happy chicken again. Adding a bit of grilled protein to your salad or pasta dish after a workout is a great way to recharge.
Oranges are super refreshing and hydrating. Remember when your high school sports coaches used to make you eat orange slices at halftime? There was definitely a reason why.
Because they’re full of fiber, healthy fat, and protein, any kind of nut you can get your hands on will benefit your training. To ensure that you always have some at hand, you can keep a bag or two in your purse or workout bag for snacking throughout the day. If you’re a trail mix lover, check out how to make your mix healthy and to supplement your diet while you train.