Here are 10 foods you're bound to come across this holiday season. Go ahead--we give you permission to pile them on your plate.
Turkey1 of 8
On average, runners need more protein than most other folks, and turkey is an excellent source. It's loaded with amino acids to promote muscle recovery, as well as other key nutrients including B vitamins and zinc. Opt for this lean meat over ham or other options during the holidays.
Pomegranate2 of 8
Pomegranate seeds always seem to work their way into a holiday salad, and you'll want to make sure you load up your plate when they do. This fruit is an excellent source of immunity-boosting antioxidants.
Broccoli3 of 8
If you're trying to avoid pigs in blankets or the ubiquitous cheese platter, go straight for the veggie tray. Broccoli, especially, is a runner's dream, as it's high in nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid. Also try it in a broccoli and cauliflower mash, which is a delicious and nutritious holiday side dish.
Pecans4 of 8
Pecan pie often gets a bad reputation because it's typically loaded with sugar. But pecans are also loaded with heart-healthy vitamin E and antioxidants, so we don't blame you for using the holiday as an opportunity to splurge. You could also incorporate pecans into healthier dishes like salads.
Squash5 of 8
Move over, bananas. Squash actually contains more potassium per serving than the typical go-to runner source. Not only that, but it's also high in fiber, vitamin B, vitamin C and various antioxidants. So, get to roasting and dig in.
Brussels sprouts6 of 8
Brussels sprouts are another popular winter superfood with extra reason for runners to pile them on their plates. In addition to being packed with vitamin C, they're high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for heart health and fighting inflammation.
Hot chocolate7 of 8
We've all heard that chocolate milk is the perfect recovery fuel after a long run, with its four-to-one carb-to-protein ratio to replenish glycogen (or sugar) stores in the muscles. When the air gets chillier, trade it in for the hot version to get the same effect and add a dab of whipped cream because, well, why not? You deserve it.