Runners Nutrition Tips: Pre & Post Exercise

Runners Nutrition Tips: Pre & Post Exercise

Photo Credit: Runner's World
Photo Credit: Runner’s World

Before the big race it is important to remember the integral role nutrition plays in overall performance. Spending hours physically training for the big run is necessary, but when paired with good eating habits, you are destined for success.

Jamie Meeks, a registered dietitian at Louisiana State University, wrote the following article explaining how athletes should use carbohydrates to appropriately fuel their bodies.

The Fundamentals of Nutrition for Athletes: Carbohydrates
Jamie M. Meeks, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN Sports Nutrition Coordinator Louisiana State University

Here are some of her key points:


Most runners focus on the training schedule and ensuring their bodies are in top form for race day.  Adding proper nutrition to your running schedule can only improve your overall performance.


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Recipe: Ideal Protein Asparagus

IP Recipe: Roasted Asparagus

roasted asparagusMoms around the world have been saying for years, “Eat your vegetables. They’re good for you!”  You know what…the Moms were right.  

Vegetables are vital for the health and maintenance of our body, and may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. But, they don’t have to taste bland.  Here is a delicious Ideal Protein Recipe for Roasted Asparagus sure to tantalize your taste buds!


Ideal Protein Asparagus:

  • 1 bunch of Asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil


  • Preheat Oven to 450`F and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Arrange asparagus in a single layer on the pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and then drizzle in the oil while whisking.
  • Pour evenly over the asparagus.
  • Toss the asparagus gently with your hands to coat completely.
  • Bake 14 minutes until fork-tender.

Total Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings, about 6 spears each


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