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7 Weird Energizing Foods Runners Swear By

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7 Weird Energizing Foods Runners Swear By

By Laurel House, Planet Green

Sure, there are tons of energy drinks out there promising to boost your endurance, quicken your pace, and keep you on point for anything — test taking or race. But reallyÖ do you want to soup up your body with chemicals and questionable ingredients that you canít pronounce, have zero idea what they are, and may have actually read about on the ďdo not consumeĒ list? I didnít think so.

Thankfully there are tons of Bites with Benefits foods that really do benefit your bodyÖ naturally. But when it comes to athletes, there are certain expectations around whatís beneficial and whatís not. Your mind automatically goes to protein shakes, egg whites, sports drinks. But here are some out of the ordinary alternatives that runners swear by:

BEET JUICE
Beet Juice! No, not Beetle Juice. Beet juice is what one marathon runner swore got him through a 24-hour event. Two studies found that bicyclists who drank the purple potion before an event rode 20 percent more than those just given a placebo. Basically this beneficial beverage lets your muscles take it easy. The nitric acid makes it so your muscles donít need to exert as much energy while working, which greatly increases stamina.

COCONUT WATER
This next one isnít only for Iron Man marathons in Hawaii. Iím talking about Coconut Water. This foggy refresher embodies the perfect balance of muscle-supporting potassium and sodium that commercial sports beverages aim for, but without that sugary, highly processed taste.

SALTED POTATOES and RICE BALLS
One sports dietitian advocates baking fingerling potatoes, salting them, and wrapping them up to stuff in your pockets. This way they are easily accessible every 30 minutes or so when your energy depletes. This same carb/sodium combination can be found in small rice balls. Cook sticky rice, add soy sauce, and form small balls to also pocket for a workout.

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9:53AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

Thank you!

2:10PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

interesting. thought coconut water was a fad.

2:07PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

Interesting,thanks for sharing

2:34PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

noted

5:27AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Thanks for the tips.

3:40AM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Thanks

11:53AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

thanks for sharing

3:14AM PDT on May 27, 2013

Thank you :)

6:10AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thank you Samantha, for Sharing this!

5:41AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

I love beets and eat them raw on salads so i will have to try the juice.

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