Healthy Running Snacks On The Go!

One of the benefits of running is – you can get away with eating sweets and other high-calorie snacks in your diet every once in a while.   You’ll definitely run and feel better, though, when you’re eating healthful, nutritious foods, including snacks.   So the next time you’re reaching for that bag of potato chips or a package of Oreo cookies, consider one of these healthful snacks instead:

Apple slices with peanut butter
Everyone knows apples are good for you, but they’re not always, well, satisfying.  Many people do not like the skin.  But they also don’t want to take the time to peel the apple either.  Try eating apple slices with a little bit of peanut butter, which is a great source of healthful fat and protein.

Plain yogurt with fresh fruit
Low in fat and fairly high in carbohydrates, yogurt is  an excellent source of calcium, protein and potassium. Its live and active cultures are good for the digestive system.

Bananas
You’ll get carbohydrates  from bananas as well as potassium, which helps prevent muscle cramps.  The simple sugars and low amount of fiber make bananas especially easy to digest, which means they are a good pre- run snacks.

Smoothies
Mix 1/2 cup of skim milk or juice, a banana, and frozen strawberries (or other fruits you love) in a blender for a tasty and refreshing smoothie.

Chocolate milk
Chocolate milk provides plenty of protein, carbohydrates and B vitamins — making it a great recovery drink.  Cold chocolate milk tastes pretty refreshing after a run.   Another benefit: The calcium will help keep your bones strong.  And everyone loves chocolate!!

Carrots
Carrots fill you up but are low in calories, making them a great snack for runners who are watching their weight.  A great time to eat them is when you’re hungry before dinner they can satisfy your hunger pangs and avoid overeating during dinner.

Cereal bars
When you need a snack that’s easy to pack in your gym bag, cereal bars can be a healthful option.  Just be careful when selecting your cereal bars — some of them contain as much fat and sugar as candy bars!  Choose bars with just a few ingredients, so you know they’re not filled with unnecessary additives.  They come in a variety of flavors which makes it easy for you to find one you like.

These are just a few of the quick and  healthier snacks you can eat on the run! Hope they help when you really want the cinnamon buns.

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