Curious if your diet can help your performance? Try eating one of these quick bites from Health before your next tough workout.
By Alyssa Shaffer
Foods for a better workout
Your diet can make or break your run. Work these nutritious bites into your meals, from Marni Sumbal, RD, a sports nutritionist in Jacksonville, Fla.
Its carbs give you energy, while the fiber keeps you feeling full. Avoid cramps by giving yourself about an hour to digest before you run.
Chow down on this fruit after a run: It's loaded with bromelain, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory that could accelerate muscle repair.
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Eat it often: The calcium keeps bones strong to help ward off stress fractures (a common injury); the protein means quicker muscle recovery.
A tablespoon (high in muscle-fueling protein and healthy fats for sustained energy) spread on a piece of whole-grain toast can power up your run.
Snack on 'em anytime, fresh or frozen — their antioxidants can work to help promote a healthy heart and might even stave off soreness.