…and snacking. And let’s face it:three square meals are no match for a runner’s appetite. The good news is that eating small meals throughout the day not only silences your grumbling stomach, but can also keep that metabolism ticking. Nutrition Tip: A good goal is to eat six meals spread over 16 waking hours—about one every 3 hours. Now that’s what I call good news!
Below are some of the best for those who like to lace up…
Why they’re good: Bananas are chock full of good carbohydrates. They are a good source of vitamin B6 and are vital for managing protein metabolism. (Runners need more protein during and after workouts.)
When they’re good: Before, during, or after exercise. They’re great blended into a Herbalife smoothie for a balanced recovery shake.
Why they’re good: Carrots are low-calorie but filling, so they’re excellent if you’re watching your weight. They contain carotene and vitamin A, which promote eye health and strong immune function.
When they’re good: Eat them at night when you want something to munch but don’t want extra calories. Or eat them before dinner if you’re famished. This way, you won’t overindulge once you sit down for your meal.
Try (if you’re craving something sweet but healthy):
3. Shake with Skim/Soy Milk
Why it’s good: Herbalife shakes are vitamin- and mineral-fortified, quick-to-prepare, easily digestible, and healthful way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Green Cream Supreme
- Merry Berries
- Pine ‘n Pepper Crush
- The Milktart shake
- The “It Can’t be Real” Balanced Meal
- A Custard that can be Trusted
- Can you say Parfait?
- Date Shake Drug
- Orange You Delicious Tropical Smoothie with Papaya, Banana, and pineapple
Why it’s good: It’s packed with protein, which runners need more of than sedentary people for muscle rebuilding and repair. It serves as a good calcium source as well.
When it’s good: Any time except just before running. Great with crackers/veggies after an intense workout or race.
Why they’re good: These little morsels are low-fat and high-carbohydrate, and provide a good amount of vitamin A, fiber, and potassium.
When they’re good: Any time. Toss chopped apricots over your granola at breakfast, or eat whole ones plain before your afternoon workout or as a sweet treat after dinner.
7. Protein Bars
Packed with muscle building protein, Herbalife proetin bars come in two flavours- Vanilla Almond and Chocolate Peanut. When they’re good: Prerace, mid-marathon, or post-race.
8. Fruit Yogurt
Why it’s good: Yogurt is a great source of calcium, protein, and potassium, plus it’s low in fat and fairly high in carbohydrates. The live and active cultures in yogurt will boost your immune system
When it’s good: Any time. Some runners swear by it as a highly digestible prerace snack.
Try: A Perfect Parfait
9. Granola Bars
Why they’re good: A low-calorie granola bar will satisfy your sweet cravings, without the fat calories of a candy bar. And unlike candy bars, granola bars come with B vitamins and iron.
When they’re good: Any time you feel like satisfying your sweet tooth without feeling guilty.
Why it’s good: Studies show oatmeal helps lower cholesterol. Oatmeal will also fill you with plenty of carbohydrates to boost energy and alertness.
When it’s good: An excellent prerace food, or any time you wake up feeling hungry and ready for a hearty breakfast.
When it’s even better: When you add scoops of Herbalife Formula 1 for extra vitamins and protein.
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