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Foods to Fuel Runners

If you're a runner, you need the proper fuel to build muscle, sustain your energy, and increase your endurance. Not all foods are created equal, and according to Fitness magazine, here are seven foods that are musts for runners.

Food Why It Benefits Runners
Peanut butter Easily digestible protein and carbs for sustained energy.
Bananas Loads of carbs for quick energy, and potassium to regulate blood pressure.
Berries Contain vitamin C and potassium to speed healing such as micro-tears in muscles.
Broccoli Full of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and phytochemicals to make the overall body healthy and strong.

What else should runners eat? To find out,


Food Why It Benefits Runners
Lowfat yogurt Calcium to improve bone density, and protein to build muscle.
Lean beef High in protein and iron, which offers energy.
Wild salmon Also high in protein, but contains omega-3s which counteract inflammation and fight disease.

I eat most of these foods on a regular basis, but must admit I have a hard time getting enough wild salmon into my diet. Any suggestions for recipes would be greatly appreciated.

Join The Conversation
Susmita Susmita 7 years
Hmm, I'm a runner and except for yogurt and broccoli, I don't really eat any of those foods regularly (and never salmon or beef)! Maybe I should start adding PB and bananas, at least...
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 7 years
I'm glad to know I eat [almost] everything on that list. I have a hard time getting beef and salmon into my diet though. I just don't like the tastes believe it or not. I make sure to get my protein elsewhere, but I guess I should take omega supplements...
neonbee neonbee 7 years
I love running and I eat all except lean beef. Good to know I'm doing something right.
michlny michlny 7 years
these foods would benefit anyone who works out. fit - I buy canned wild alaskan salmon and put it on my salads -- it's delish and so easy to take to work.....
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