Are you gearing up for race day? There’s more to a successful run than shaving a few minutes off your best time – though that sure does feel good! The right foods will give you the fuel you need, keep you in optimal healthy, and maybe even help you beat your record. Certified organic food is grown with the health of people and the planet in mind, so you can feel good about how your food was grown and prepared.
With a few tips and some delicious meal ideas, you’ll be eating like an athlete in no time:
Choose Organic: The latest research reveals that some foods contain more phytonutrients when they’re organic. Phytonutrients are natural components of plant foods that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity – good news for keeping your muscles and joints happy.
Go Whole: Many of those phytonutrients can help you reach peak performance. And you might not guess it, but they are very highly concentrated in the peels of fruits and veggies, from apples to potatoes. Choosing organic food means you can eat the whole thing, peel included, without worrying about pesticide residues.
Find Balance: Make sure your plate features an array of vibrantly coloured fruits and veggies, and balance that with grains and protein. Don’t stress over exact measurements, but build your plate so that it’s a little over half carbs, a quarter protein, and the rest healthy fats, like avocados, olive oil, nuts, and seeds.
To help fuel your run, we’ve got the perfect 7-day Plant-Powered Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan for you – here’s a sneak peek:
Breakfast: Avocado slices on sprouted grain toast topped with a crush of good salt and freshly ground pepper
Lunch: Vegan chopped salad (combine 2 cups of your favourite chopped seasonal veggies with 1 cup diced tofu, 1/4 cup raw walnut pieces, and 1/4 cup pitted olives, serve with a simple olive oil and lemon salad dressing, shaken with 2 tbsp Qi’a Superfood Cereal Original)
Snack: A piece of fresh, in season fruit and 1-2 Raw Energy Truffles (in a food processor, pulse 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates, 1/4 cup of nut butter, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder/Qi’a Superfood Cereal Original combined, spices and a pinch of salt. Adjust with more dry ingredients or more nut butter as necessary. Roll into small balls with your hands and refrigerate until you need a boost
Dinner: White Bean and Mushroom Bake, serve with kale salad dressed with simple mixture of hummus and lemon juice
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