There are many benefits that a runner may get out of this strenuous yet enjoyable activity. But, as you well know it is not all fun! It entails a lot of discipline; discipline not only in terms of religiously abiding by your running schedules and routines, but also as far as dieting is concerned.

While some runners often justify the reasons that they can eat all the sweets they like because they are running and are going to burn the calories anyway, they eat all the high-calories favorite snacks in their “have-long-been-uneaten” list of food, but there are still some who cannot ever call that a benefit.

I would say that the best benefits of running would have to be those of being able to enhance or improve your run, much better than how you did last time while eating a healthful diet which includes nourishing snacks and beneficial foods that will always count.

So, whenever you feel the urge to grab that bag of chips, or that parcel of very chocolaty and sweet cookies in the check-out counter, consider what good it can offer you, if there is any. Here are some healthful tips on what nutritious healthful snacks you may have especially when running.

  • Apple Slices With Peanut Butter Dip
    Ever since we were kids, our parents would always say “an apple a day to keep the doctor away”. This stuck on my head and now that I have my own kids, I always tell them the same thing. And now that I am into running, I become a child once more. The healthy afternoon snacks I give my kids are now what I eat when I have some bouts of running to do.

As we all know, eating slices of apple with peanut butter dip is truly a rich source of nutritious fat and protein. But it will be better to go for the peanut butter that is all-natural to keep yourself away from hydrogenated oils as well as the unneeded sugars.

  • Chewy Cereal Bars
    Before you start running, grab some granola or cereal bars and dump them into your pockets. Cereal bars are a very nutritious option; however, you will need to opt for those that contain less fat and sugar, not to mention those that do not have the unwanted additives.
  • Delicious Yogurt With Banana Toppings
    Everybody knows yogurt is a very good source of calcium, potassium as well as protein found in live and dynamic laboratory cultures. Yogurt is very low in fat content while far above the ground in carbohydrates. And basically what runners need in their diet are carbohydrates and proteins for energy and endurance.

Bananas, on one hand, are another excellent source of carbohydrates and potassium and therefore a perfect healthy snack for running people like you. The higher the potassium content in your body, the more your body is able to alleviate conditions of muscle cramps, and thus, more productive bouts of run for you.

What’s more, the simple sugars in bananas are very easy and fast to digest which makes them a really excellent pre-run snack. However, make sure you allot one and a half hours for it to go down before running.

  • Carrot Sticks
    Did you know carrots make an excellent snack for running? They fill you up despite having low calorie-content and it can gratify your famine and therefore avoid having to look for something else to eat. With all these tips for having a healthy snack before running, you will surely make an excellent runner!