Healthy Snacks in Marathon Training
Nutrition: Tip #10

Healthy snacks...too good to be true?

"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Are you a froot loop? A milk dud? Would you rather be a power bar?

We all have our favorite snack foods, but are your choices helping or hindering your training? With snacks you have a great opportunity everyday to build your nutrition stores, so make every calorie count.

Snacks serve many different purposes, like carbohydrate and protein combination snacks for recovery, salty snacks for replacing lost sodium, or quick snacks before a run if no prior meal was eaten. As your calorie needs increase with your mileage, snacks will help you meet your nutrition needs without having to eat large uncomfortable meals.

Healthy snacks can be whole foods or pre-packaged types. The pre-packaged snacks are convenient, but try to get those with the most natural ingredients. I just discovered the 365 Organic Fruit Strips from Whole Foods and the Ultra Berry Premium Dried Fruit made by Archer Farms at Target. These snacks don’t have the high fructose corn syrup that many processed fruit treats contain.

A nutrition bar can be healthy, as long as it is not just a glorified candy bar. There are many combinations of nutrition bars to meet your marathon training nutrition needs.

Of course you can make your own snacks with these quick and healthy recipes.

Check out more marathon nutrition training blogs.

Contact me with your healthy snacks in marathon training nutrition questions.

Everyday is your day to succeed!