While social distancing, many consumers are trying to avoid public spaces unless necessary. One of the most common and challenging spaces to avoid is the grocery store. While training for the virtual OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K, it is essential to properly fuel and nourish your body. Though avoiding stores can be difficult and some supplies may be low, there are some easy items you can purchase that are great to fuel your body during your training.
The key to fueling your body during the training process is to consume nutrient dense foods, which will also improve your overall health and fitness. It is important to consume a wide variety of lean proteins, good carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Drinking proper amounts of water and overall hydration is also key to nourishing your body during training.
Easy food items to obtain to fuel your training: Lean protein: white-meat chicken, turkey, lean pork fish, eggs
- Lean protein: white-meat chicken, turkey, lean pork fish, eggs
- Grains: quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal, bread, bagels, pasta
- Vegetables: carrots, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, squash
- Fruits: bananas, apples, unsweetened dried fruit
- Healthy fats: nut butters, avocado
- Dairy: milk, Greek yogurt, cheese
- Snacks: pretzels, Clif bars, trail mix
To hydrate during your training, drink plenty of water. Drinking fluids that contain carbohydrates and proteins such as Gatorade and chocolate milk can also help fuel your training.
Maintaining proper nutrition and wellness will help to push both your body and mind toward the finish line. These pantry stables and grocery items can help strengthen and fuel your body to reach your training and race day goals.