Best Organic Foods for Runners

| 6/1/2015 6:00:00 AM

A runner’s diet is an essential part of ongoing training and upkeep in order to promote health, stamina and strength necessary to continue peak performance. While some may choose to steer clear of organic meals, runners are among the many that understand how delicious organic foods can be when prepared in some great-tasting recipes. Here, I break down the best health-boosting organic foods for runners.

Banana Ice Cream 

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables play a two-part role in the healthy lifestyle of a runner: They assist in preparing the body for running and help replenish essential vitamins after a strenuous workout. Some types of organic vegetables and fruits stand out in particular, whether you’re a novice or professional.

Bananas take the top spot for healthy fruits, as they’re not only high in potassium but also fiber, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. In addition, bananas can assist in balancing electrolytes, acting as a natural sports drink. Some other great ways to add bananas to your daily diet include fruit-packed smoothies or following simple recipes for treats such as this organic banana ice cream recipe.

Leafy greens, such as kale and sweet potatoes, rank high among runners for their health benefits. Salad greens replenish fiber, calcium and vitamins A and C. Kale in particular also contains vitamin K, antioxidants and folate, which promotes good circulation. There are so many organic ways to prepare delicious meals using sweet potatoes, from pies to fries, and the health benefits for runners are tremendous. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, potassium and antioxidants. They’re also packed with good carbohydrates. Keep the skins on for the best nutritional benefits.

Spinach And Quinoa Salad