5 Great Snacks for Runners

In a perfect world, we would all eat three, square meals a day, right? But, it's not always easy to stick to such a balanced way of eating, so snacking often gets us through the day.

Runners, in particular, need quality food choices to fuel their workouts. Here are 5 runner-friendly foods to help give you the energy you need between meals.

berry-parfait-400x400.jpg berry-parfait-400×400.jpg helps muscles recover more quickly and the calcium keeps bones strong, which may help to ward off stress fractures, a common injury seen in runners. Try fresh berries, chia seeds, or homemade granola–just stir them into Greek yogurt for a quick and satisfying snack.

splenda-tropical-fruit-cottage-cheese-parfait-400x400.jpg splenda-tropical-fruit-cottage-cheese-parfait-400×400.jpg , which has anti-inflammatory properties and might accelerate muscle repair. Pair pineapple chunks with cottage cheese or blend into a smoothie.

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Peanut butter is often a go-to food for runners–and for good reason! Peanut butter (as well as other nut butters) are high in protein and healthy fats, which fuel muscles and sustains energy levels. Spread a couple of tablespoons on a whole wheat English muffin for a delicious and satisfying snack.

banana-man-eat-400x400.jpg banana-man-eat-400×400.jpg provides a healthy dose of potassium, which helps replenish electrolytes that are lost during exercise. Eat a banana before or after you finish your workout for a quick and easy snack!

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