I admit that I love salty junk food, so I’m glad to know that popcorn in a healthy snack. Popcorn is high in fiber and is also heart healthy. However, you want to make sure that you buy popcorn that is at least 90% fat free and does not have butter already in it. You can use butter spray on it if you need the butter fix. In addition, popping your own the old-fashioned way is a great way to do it!
Many of my running friends are chocolate addicts, so they’re happy that dark chocolate is good for them. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and can help you to stay healthy. Some studies have also shown that it can help to relieve stress and help to keep your blood pressure down. Just remember that it should be eaten in moderation.
Another healthy snack for the salty junk foodies is chips and salsa. Salsa is actually very good for you – it’s high in vitamins and antioxidants. Combined with baked tortilla chips – it makes a great snack for runners.
Dry roasted peanuts are another snack idea. Peanuts are a super source of protein and fiber. There was also a study done that showed the longer peanuts are roasted, the higher the levels of antioxidants. Also, peanuts that still have their skins are high in antioxidants.
Pudding is another great snack idea for runners. It’s another good source of calcium. You can either make it yourself with the mix – or buy it in the little snack cups. Those are convenient to have around whenever you need that little snack.
Runners need to make sure that they are properly fueled to run at their best. And sometimes you need to have a little something to eat between meals. In fact, studies have shown that you should be eating a little something every 3-4 hours. These snacks will get you satisfied without you having to feel guilty about snacking – whether you are a “sweet” person or a “salty” person. And, they will keep you fueled for your runs.