Greek yogurt – it may seem rich and creamy but it’s actually great for helping your body recover after exercise and rebuilding muscle. Lots of protein too. Add it to fruit and smoothies, or use as a base for a cheeky dessert.
Avocados – feared by many because of their high fat and energy content. But they are actually packed full of helpful fats to help absorb vitamins, plus they contain Vitamin E. A super snack drizzled with some balsamic vinegar.
Sweet potatoes – an ideal fuel option before or after exercise with a high beta-carotene antioxidant content, providing slow-release energy as a source of complex carbs. Eat with fish or add to a risotto. Some athletes chop them into wedges, add salt and take them out on long training sessions.
Root vegetables such as swedes, turnips and squashes are a great low-carb option that keeps you feeling full. They also act as buffering agents, thought to help reduce acid build-up in short sprint events.
Keep eating the healthy staples like oats, (complex carbs for slow release energy), milk (fast-release carbs for post-training recovery) and fruit, low in energy and full of vitamins.
And don’t forget the humble egg! Packed with protein, they also give you your daily B12 requirement and contain selenium, a powerful anti-oxidant.
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Based on an article which appeared in Trail Running magazine (August/September 2015)