Runners need to be aware of what they are eating to make sure that they are getting the right foods. This is important for several reasons. Two important reasons are having enough energy to get through your runs and for muscle recovery afterwards. Cereal is one of the foods that you can eat that will meet these needs. Read on to find out more about the wonderful things about cereal and why it is so good for runners.
One of the best cereals that runners can eat is oatmeal. Oatmeal is made up almost exclusively of oats - which are natural grains which are very good for you. It is a super source of carbohydrates - which runners need for energy. In addition to carbs, oatmeal also has protein and fiber. Protein is needed by runners for muscle recovery after those harder runs. One of the fiber nutrients found in oatmeal is one that has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol.
Also, as a side note to oatmeal - oatmeal is a food that will fill you up and keep you feeling full. That's why so many runners eat oatmeal as their meal before a long run or race. It stays with you.
Cold cereal is also good for you. Many cold cereals have been fortified with many vitamins and minerals. But, make sure that you are choosing a cereal that is not full of sugar - the exception of this is if the cereal has dried fruit in it. This will show up as sugar content. Also, cold cereal is good because as you add milk to it - you are also getting calcium needed for strong and healthy bones.
Granola is also another cereal food that is good for you - if you watch the fat content. It is full of many healthy whole grains. Granola makes a perfect afternoon snack when you need a little extra something to get through the day.
As you can see, cereal is a food that is good for runners - and very quick and easy to prepare. It's not just for breakfast - many friends of mine will have a bowl of cereal as their noontime meal or in the evening when they may be short on time or don't want a heavy meal before turning in. However and whenever you choose to eat it, cereal is a great choice as a meal to get needed nutrients.
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