Friday, April 12, 2013

Fuel Your Way to Victory

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A Word From the Bon'App Team:
The Bon'App Team is sending positive thoughts to all the victims and families affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.  We'd like to give special thanks to the Boston Police Department and all other law enforcement who worked tirelessly to protect the city.  Bon'App is proud to be a part of the Boston community, and we know that the city will bounce back, stronger than ever.

Without a doubt, Bostonians are passionate about their marathon.  This coming Monday, Boston will celebrate a citywide event, “Marathon Monday,” as residents line the streets to cheer runners on as they complete the grueling race.  Nutrition plays an essential role in completing all 26.2 miles.  Whether you’re planning to run a marathon yourself or prepping for a soccer game, check out Bon’App’s tips for what to eat to perform your best!


Have you ever wondered what “carb loading” is all about?  Carbohydrates, like bread and pasta, provide easily accessible energy during any type of exercise. So be sure to load up the night before with a carb-rich pasta dinner.  It’s a pre-race tradition!  Your best bet is choosing a whole-wheat pasta, which provides more nutrients than the white pasta varieties.  A 2-ounce serving of whole-wheat, which is equal to about a cup when cooked, has 200 Calories, 4 grams of Fiber, 10 grams of Protein, and no Bad Fat or Salt. Don’t forget the importance of protein for your race!  You can add meatballs into your pasta for a classic combination that will help fuel you to victory.

Whole-Wheat Pasta (2-ounces uncooked)
On race day, a healthy, but not heavy, breakfast is crucial.  Oatmeal is a favorite of many runners, and it can be flavored a variety of ways.  Instead of traditional, plain oatmeal, try this recipe for Baked Banana Oatmeal.  One serving contains 291 Calories, 6 grams of Fiber, and 11 grams of Protein.  Baked oatmeal can be made the day before and reheated in the morning, letting you focus all your energy on your competition!

Baked Banana Oatmeal

Also, don't forget that proper hydration is an essential component to a successful race. Be mindful of how much you are drinking before and during the race. In order to strike a good balance, it's advised that you grab a cup of water every other mile of a marathon.


The Bon’App team wishes best of luck to all the marathon runners!

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