Runners Need Greens!!

Nutrition is so much like running, small incremental changes can lead you up to big amazing things like running a marathon or becoming a lifelong  a healthy eater, things you never thought possible but with one small bite or step at a time it becomes completely achievable.  This week is I’m going to focus on the big one that is so obvious yet we don’t consume it  nearly enough, and that’s 

GREENS!!

You absolutely, 100% need greens in your diet to become a stronger runner. They will aid in the recover and rebuild part of your training, helping you to build a stronger baseline. Most green vegetables, especially leafy greens, are full of vitamins, minerals, disease-fighting phytochemicals and fiber. There are all kinds of wonderful greens, kale, swiss chard, spinach, collard greens and mustard greens to name a few that can be worked into your rotation. Fiber helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, controls blood-sugar by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates into your bloodstream after meals and helps with the elimination process of digestion (8). More importantly, most greens are high in minerals like potassium, magnesium and calcium, which are all crucial for supporting athletic performance by contributing to muscle function, oxygen uptake and blood pressure management. In other words, greens keep you a lean, healthy, and fast racing machine. Click here for an easy (and surprisingly!) tasty broccoli recipe

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