Training for a long distance race? Feel fatigued and worn out after a long run? Try this nutrient replenishment salad to feel refresh and recharged!
As my mileage begins to creep higher and higher, I’ve found my hunger to be keeping pace with my running. I’ve done a pretty good job at curbing the runchies (you know, the post-run insatiable hunger) and thankfully I’ve found myself craving foods with substance and high nutritional value. It’s no secret that what we put into our bodies before, during, and after a taxing run is an important piece to the training puzzle.
One of my favorite ways to feel refreshed after a long run is with a hearty, nutrient-dense, flavorful salad. And sometimes I’m so lucky that my husband makes one for me! He knows all the salad fix-ins that I need: fruit, leafy greens, beans, and lots of crunchy veggies.
Today I’m sharing with you one of my all-time favorite salads to enjoy after a long run. If you’ve never tried a salad after a long run, I encourage you to try it and see how amazing you feel after!
Nutrient Replenishment Salad
- 1 C kale, torn into bite sized pieces
- 1 C green leaf lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 zucchini, diced small
- 1 apple, diced small
- 1/2 C chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/3 C dried cranberries
- 1/2 C shredded carrots
- 1-2 Tbsp vegetarian Bac-Uns
- 2 Tbsp dressing of your choice
Layer the salad, drizzle the dressing, eat and enjoy!
You can see from the ingredients this salad is perfect for nutrient replenishment after a long run. It has a variety of carbs, fats, and proteins.
The next time you run long or have a tough workout, pay attention to what your body is asking you to refuel with — it might just be that you’re needing a refreshing, nutrient-dense salad. To ensure that you’re body is properly taking in nutrients, it’s best to cut out lectins from your diet which can prevent the absorption of nutrients as described within plant paradox.
Do you have specific post-run cravings?
What nutrient do you feel depleted of immediately following a long run?