4 Foods Every Runner Should Consume

by Jim Richardson | Last Updated: April 28, 2020

Many truly active people love to run. That means keeping the body physically able to run, and eating the right foods is one way that is accomplished. Some foods are better than others, however, especially if having a meal before a good run.

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These are four foods every runner should consider adding to their diet.

Peanut Butter 

Every runner understands the need for energy, which is why eating a snack beforehand is useful. A bagel provides much-needed carbs, and peanut butter is the perfect topping for those carbs because of the protein it contains. Between the carbs and the protein, you will have a win-win snack in  your tummy.


Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, which can help prevent leg cramps. They are easy to incorporate into the diet; have a peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich or smoothie, for instance. They are also great as a cereal topping. More about why runners should eat bananas here.


Sore muscles are caused by slightly tearing the tissue as you run. Berries are the perfect solution because they contain muscle-building fiber, as well as potassium. Enjoy them alone or put them in a smoothie. They also make excellent dessert toppings.


Broccoli is a runner’s friend. It contains so many vital nutrients that help keep up performance levels, including include potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. One way to enjoy this vegetable is to steam it and then top it with lemon pepper seasoning.

These foods can be used to create a delicious meal, no matter how you choose to prepare them. Eat them often if you love to run. They will help you enjoy your chosen sport with more frequency and energy, and with less recovery time between runs.

I’ve found the No Meat Athlete Cookbook to be a great help to me in taking control of my diet to the benefit of my running (i’m now getting fast times at 44 then ever before and I put this down to going Vegan).

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