The 6 Best Foods for Runners (and good for everyone else too!)

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on July 2, 2010

Recently, I came across an article on Self.com which outlined the six best foods for runners. I sent it to my husband and he thought it was super helpful, and I actually think all the foods listed should be a part of everyone’s diets (whether you’re a runner or not!) They are all super healthy and provide tons of fiber, protein and antioxidants. The six foods are below and can also be found at this link on Self.com, where you can read about the runner-specific benefits. Thanks Self for a great article!!

Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E, Fiber and Protein. Be careful with portions though because they are still high in fat & calories!

Eggs are a GREAT source of protein, most of which is in the whites - so make yourself an egg-white omelette with tons of veggies for a great meal!

Leafy greens (spinach, kale, chard, etc) should be a staple in everyone's diet. Tons of antioxidants and fiber in these healthy veggies!

Oranges: Vitamin C, Fiber, and a yummy sweet/tart taste. Need I say more?

Quinoa is the only grain that is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids! It also has tons of fiber and is a great substitute for rice.

Sweet potatoes have protein, fiber, potassium, and vitamins C and A. Definitely a nutritional powerhouse!


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Belinda @zomppa July 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

Great list!!! I’m trying to run…sort of, but these are good anyday!

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Steve July 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I’m not a runner but these are great items for anyone’s daily diet.

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Sara July 3, 2010 at 9:04 am

I agree – great idea for an article (and blog post). I’m thinking a yummy spinach omelet is in order.

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operagirlcooks July 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Looks like a great list of foods for anybody to incorporate into their diet. Who’s up for a quinoa, spinach and sweet potato salad with citrus vinaigrette, and a few almonds sprinkled on top? Not sure where the eggs fit in though! =)

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anjalim July 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm

haha! I love it 🙂

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anjalim July 12, 2010 at 9:44 pm

haha! very creative 🙂

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Maren @ Simply Maren July 15, 2010 at 10:55 am

I read this article in Self as well and was thinking of doing a post on it. I was so happy after reading it to realize I was eating about 4 of the items regularly… wheew on that one.

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