Runners Alert – Don’t Forget the Berries!

berry oatmeal

Eating the right breakfast on race day is crucial to success. Adding berries to your oatmeal is a great way to give you that head start. Berries have been shown to be some of the healthiest foods on the planet. It seems new research is constantly being published and berries are being recognized and analyzed for their health giving properties. What could be better for setting on a long distance race?

There are many pre-run or pre-race suggestions out there. We recommend ones that contain a whole grain cereal or oatmeal with low-fat milk or soymilk and topped with berries.  Add a moderate protein and some liquids and you should be good to go.  On race day it’s a good idea to eat two hours before the race.

Berries can be a great part of your post-race meal too. A long run or marathon can really drain your system of antioxidants. An hour to an hour and a half post race is a great time to munch on a yogurt, granola, and berry dish. The Berries contribute the much-needed antioxidants to help the body fight back from the physical stress of a race. The granola has carbohydrates for your depleted energy stores. And the yogurt (we recommend Greek due to its higher protein content) helps your fuel your muscles for a full recovery.

Try this recipe if you’re going to do a long distance race:
http://www.running4women.com/race-day-breakfasts-for-marathons-and-half-marathons