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Super Foods For Runners: What To Eat To Help You Slim Down, Speed Up, and Boost Your Health

December 16, 2014

There are many crazy fad diets for runners, so it’s easy to see why there are so many misconceptions about the “right” foods for runners. Here’s a list of the best super foods for runners from that will help you slim down, speed up, and boost your health with key nutrient-packed foods and drinks!

Boost Metabolism

Beans- Full of hunger-reducing fiber and protein. Beans are also high in resistant starch, foods high in this nutrient may force your body to use extra energy to try to break them down.

Get the Boost with this recipe idea: Puree beans with garlic and a bit of oil for a healthy dip for vegetables.

Hot Peppers- “Eating spicy food may also dull your urge to continue to eat,” says Marjorie Nolan Cohn, M.S., R.D., a New York City nutritionist and author of The Belly Fat Fix.

Get the Boost with this recipe idea: Sprinkle cayenne or chili powder on recipes, which can be done on, grilled fruit or casseroles. Also, use jalapenos in marinades and salsa.

Lentils- Legumes are great for the metabolism. Just like beans, they contain "resistant starch and trigger digestive thermogenesis", says Cohn. Lentils are also rich in iron.

Get the Boost with this recipe idea: Add lentils to salads. Make lentil soup a lunch choice.

Burn Fat Faster:

Grass-fed beef- Grass-fed beef has a better ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. "The majority of Americans’ diets contain too much omega-6 (which can be inflammatory) and not enough omega-3 (which is anti-inflammatory)", says Cohn. Grass-fed beef has high amounts of a fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid (or CLA). Your body uses CLA to build muscle.

Green Tea- In green tea, EGCG is what gives it its metabolism boots. “EGCG promotes fat oxidation and thermogenesis,” says Cohn. In the 2013 issues of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a study showed that tea drinkers burned more calories and fat daily than nondrinkers.

Boost your fat-burning- Swap your second cup of coffee for a cup of green tea. Even add unsweetened iced green tea to smoothies.

Feel Full Longer

Avocados- These creamy green fruits are a rich source of monounsaturated fat, which is heart healthy. Avocados are last in line for digestion, so they stick with you.

Boost your fill up- Slice an avocado onto a salad, or put it on a sandwich in place of mayo.

Eggs- Eggs are a complete protein. They stick with you because the protein keeps your blood sugar from spiking and then crashing.

Boost your fill-up- Hard-boil a dozen eggs so you have a quick easy breakfast all week.

Potatoes- Loaded with resistant starch (and vitamin c and potassium), potatoes keep hunger pains away two to three times longer than other starches.

Boost your fill-up- Add a baked potato to your dinner. Top it off with a sprinkle of delicious parmesan, NOT sour cream, butter, or bacon.

While EnduroPacks believes you should eat a balanced diet and look to get valuable nutrients from natural foods, even the most disciplined balanced diets sometimes do not provide all the nutrients endurance athletes need to maintain a high level of performance.  EnduroPacks' system provides the essentials in a convenient format as a supplement to a balanced diet of whole foods”.


EnduroPacks, Inc. offers the highest quality sports nutrition to aid in the recovery and performance of endurance athletes. After extensive research by its team of professional athletes and industry experts, EnduroPacks has identified the most effective products in the most efficient forms. Each pack contains a 30-day supply of four essential products, a Liquid Multivitamin, Concentrated Electrolyte Spray, Essential Amino Recovery Patch, and the L-Glutamine Recovery Complex. EnduroPacks products are GLUTEN-FREE, manufactured in the USA, contain no GMOs, and are 100% vegetarian. 

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