Healthy Snacks You Should Eat Before Marathon
You have been training for weeks or maybe months, finally that marathon end goal is around the corner. This is the moment you will want the best food to give your best shot for your long runs.
Here are some of the professional runners’ favorite pre-run snacks you might consider taking!
Oats are high in complex carbohydrates and to provide you a sustained energy release. You may enjoy it like oatmeal and top with any fruit of your choice, for example, berries!
Granola and cereals are also high in complex carbohydrates to help to provide energy. It’s also high in vitamins and minerals to provide nutrients throughout the run.
Wholegrain crackers are rich in complex carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals. It is always good to have some crackers prepared so that you can munch on during the long run.
Bananas are packed with carbohydrates to provide a good source of energy for running. It also contains vitamin B6 to help convert carbohydrates into usable energy and potassium for electrolyte balance.
This is great for you to fuel enough carbohydrates during the race, raisins or dried fruits are rich in vitamins and carbohydrates to replenish lost glucose.
While snacking before and during the marathon, it is important to also dehydrate yourself! But do not overdo it as filling up or drinking too much may also lead to stomach upset or impair your performance.
Written by: Jasmine Lim
(Love Earth Nutritionist)
[Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietics (major) &
Food Science (minor) lowa State University, USA]