Fuel Your Edge

3 de­li­cious meals that pay­off dur­ing train­ing

Canadian Running - - DEPARTMENTS - By Kim Do­erk­sen

RECIPES Al­mond-crusted Sole with Chive-Gar­lic Mashed Po­ta­toes and Steamed Broc­col­ini, Sweet Potato Break­fast Bowl, Turmeric-Gar­lic Shrimp with Cab­bage-Mango Slaw

Run­ners are al­ways look­ing for the next big thing, in­clud­ing how to get an edge on their com­pe­ti­tion, what the new­est su­per­food is and how to re­cover faster. Un­der­stand­ing what your body needs is the first step to find­ing that elu­sive edge. If you strug­gle with celiac dis­ease, you need to elim­i­nate gluten from your diet; if you’re lac­tose-in­tol­er­ant, hav­ing a wide-va­ri­ety of dairy-free op­tions is im­por­tant. The avail­abil­ity of spe­cialty foods helps keep run­ners healthy, re­cover well and build fit­ness. Re­gard­less of what di­etary re­stric­tions you have, a very sim­ple way to get an edge in train­ing is to cook your own food and re­duce the amount of pack­aged and pre-pre­pared foods you con­sume. Many meals suited for run­ners are easy to pre­pare. Snacks like gra­nola bars and en­ergy balls are quick and can be stored in the freezer to main­tain fresh­ness. Start­ing off the day with a home­made break­fast sets the tone for a healthy day. Cre­at­ing meals from scratch means that ev­ery in­gre­di­ent in the dish is known – no weird preser­va­tives or ad­di­tives. Cre­at­ing a meal that is healthy and full of es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents can be the next step in be­com­ing a bet­ter and health­ier run­ner.

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