Second, did you watch the Boston Marathon yesterday?! I listened to/watched the life feed online and was totally absorbed by it in the last few miles of the women's race. What a finish!! Desiree Davila was so close to being the first American winner since 1985. She did an incredible job, as did Kara and Ryan. I had a meeting at noon and didn't see the men's elite race finish, but I imagine that was a nail biter too! Great day for running!
So, as I mentioned last week, the NYRR YPC hosted a great event, Nutrition on the Run. The funny and endearing Lauren Slayton, owner of Foodtrainers, located here in the city, was the featured speaker of the night!
Lauren had planned a program titled "Spring Training Table Foods" that focused on healthy foods for athletes, specific for the Springtime. She stressed that while what we eat pre-, during, and post-run is very important, what we eat all week long is just as important and shouldn't be overlooked.
Lauren's Top 10 Spring Training Table Foods
1. Amazonian Jungle Peanuts - I'd never heard of these, but they contain all 8 essential amino acids, are sustainable products from the rainforest, free of allergy causing aflatoxins found in conventional peanuts and a great source of calcium, iron, oleic acid and vitamin e. Lauren also mentioned they're great as a recovery food.
2. Buckwheat/Soba Noodles: also known as kasha. Interesting fact: buckwheat isn't a wheat, but rather a relative of rhubarb. I would never have thought! Because it's not a wheat, it works in gluten free diets. While a 1/4c serving has about 150 calories, a daily serving has been shown to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
3. Cherries: aside from being delicious, research has shown that cherries are a natural anti-inflammatory. The antioxidants, anthocyanins, are what helps fight muscle soreness and also help ward off arthritis. Pour an ounce or so of tart cherry juice in some seltzer water and enjoy after your workout.
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5. Dates: I love dates but had no idea how great they are for me! They are great for a pre-run snack because they provide a quick boost of energy through the release of glucose. Dates are high in potassium and non-heme iron (the plant kind). Traditionally they've been used to break fasts because they can help reduce over eating.
6. Peas: yes, peas might seem boring, but there are actually health benefits to them. They contain saponins, phytonutrients that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. They also provide energy and stabilize blood sugar. I never knew they're a good source of omega-3's and vitamin c.
7. Lentils: turns out, these little things are one of the best vegetarian sources of iron and are high in folate and potassium. High in fiber and protein like beans, but easier for some people to digest. I've been a fan of lentils, but now I plan on eating more of them. They're also pretty fast to cook, which is always good!
8. Sardines/jarred tuna: while Lauren admitted she's not a fan of the taste of sardines, she is a fan of their health benefits. Both are high in omega-3's and anti-inflammatory properties. They're also easy to add to salads for a healthy meal; just don't add a creamy sauce to create a tuna salad cause that will give you more calories and fat than you need!
9. Coconut water: ever since I found Vita Coco, I've been a huge fan of coconut water. Thankfully it's good for us, too! Coconut water is from the inside of young, green coconuts and is nothing like coconut milk, except for the fact that they're both liquids! It's the ultimate sports drink as it's vitamin and electrolyte rich. But, it has very low sodium, so it's not necessarily the best to drink on the run since it won't replace sodium loss, so it's great for pre- or post-run. I think it's so refreshing after a hard workout! It is also higher in potassium than bananas and potatoes.
10. Chia/Maca: if you've read "Born to Run" or any of my breakfast recipes, you've heard about chia. It's high in fiber, calcium, iron, and zinc and helps relieve joint pain. It's great pre-run (or any time) and can be added to things like yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, salads, and more. It's also a natural appetite suppressant. Maca is sold in powdered form and can also be added to yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, and more. It's a non-stimulant form of energy and also great post-run.
So, I know this is a long post, but just a few other quick tips from the night:
- liquids and yogurts are easiest to digest, so they're great post-run, or when you don't have a lot of time to digest your food pre-run
- when drinking water/sports drink on the run, gulp it, don't sip. Gulping helps it move through the digestive system faster reducing the chance of cramping.
- know how many carbs you need on the run per hour: divide your weight by 4.
- bananas, dates and papaya are good sources of quick energy
- if you choose to eat real food on the run, go for low fat & low protein sources that'll digest easily
- the amount of food you eat pre-run directly relates to the length of the run. Pre-run fuel is most important when going out for an hour or more.
- it's super important to eat something shortly after a run, but it doesn't have to be a huge meal
- everyone is different so it's really important to know what works best for you before race day. Practice the types of fuel and when you fuel to be most confident when you hit the start line!
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