10 Healthy Snacks to Fuel Your Runs

Time for a snack? Pick one that will fuel your runs and help you get into “marathon shape”

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Many people talk about the effect that training for a marathon or other strenuous event has on their bodies, such as aches, pains, and occasional cramps. But we often forget that we need to increase calories to fuel our bodies while training. Below are 10 healthy snacks to fuel your runs and help you get into “marathon shape.” 

Remember, you will get hungrier as you prepare for your races. You may find yourself eating more snacks and treats, and it’s tempting to eat convenient processed foods after runs. But can stay on top of your training and health by keeping healthy snacks convenient and accessible.  

Healthy Snacks Don’t Have to Be Boring

Everyone has eaten snacks that should be limited because they’re tastier than the bland, “healthy” alternative. It’s hard to stay away from French fries and candy bars when you start getting tired of carrot sticks. But you can choose snacks that are both delicious and good for you.

Replenishing Lost Sodium

Also, after training your body will seek ways to replenish lost sodium. While you could eat potato chips, why counteract all of the positive benefits of your run? Instead, choose a delicious snack that meets your body’s needs and your long-term training goals. 

With a bit of planning and effort, you can find the perfect snack for you. Don’t lose all of the work you put into your training! With progressive training and healthy eating, you’ll be surprised at how much your fitness — and your life — can improve.  

young woman in purple tank eating a granola bar

Healthy Snack Options

Apples
Chocolate-Covered Banana
Chocolate Milk
Hummus & Vegetables 
Mini-Pretzels
Olives
Popcorn
Rice Cake with Peanut Butter and Banana
Sliced Turkey
Yogurt Parfait

Sign Up for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

You’ve read the article, prepared for the marathon, and planned your snacks. Now it’s time to register for the next Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon!

Check out other articles that can help you get “race ready” for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

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