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Yesterday almost 40,000 people took to the streets of London to take part in one of the major events in the UK sporting calendar – the London Marathon. But did you know it started in a pub?
Back in the late 1970’s members of a London running club, including John Disley and the late Chris Brasher, were discussing the New York marathon in a visit to the pub. The two decided to try the race in 1979 and as a result of experiencing such a fantastic event, agreed to try and organise a marathon in London. The first race was held on 29 March 1981 and the rest, as they say, is history.
35 years on, and over a million runners have completed the London Marathon (1981 to 2016). The race is also televised in over 200 countries.
So with all the focus on such as event, it got us thinking. Whether you’re running a marathon or just going for a leisurely jog, better fuel means a better work out, so what are the best pre-exercise snacks for when you’re exercising?
Here’s our top picks:
1. The humble banana
Containing carbohydrates to fuel your workout, the banana is also rich in potassium which can help to prevent muscle cramps during exercise.
2. A cheeky breakfast bowl
Mix your favourite fruit with some Greek yoghurt. The carbs from the fruit will break down quickly to fuel your workout and the protein will be used later to prevent muscle damage.
3. Veggie Omelette
Just combine 2 whole eggs with a teaspoon of water and cook with a handful of sautéed seasonal veggies to get a protein kick.
4. Peanut butter on toast
1-2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter, with half a sliced banana on a piece of wholewheat toast will provide enough fuel for a great workout.
Oats slowly release carbohydrates into your bloodstream so can keep your energy levels consistent during your workout. They also contain B vitamins which help convert carbohydrates into energy.
6. Fruit and cottage cheese
Top a small serving of cottage cheese with a handful of berries or melon for a great low calorie, high protein snack.
7. Apple and Peanut butter
An easy and convenient snack with a perfect combination of protein and carbs, just dip apple slices in natural peanut butter.
8. Blueberries and Pistachios
A power packed protein and carb combo, with the pistachios providing a protein boost. The blueberries also are packed with anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with exercise recovery.
And don’t forget our Purition wholefood protein shakes. Ready in just 30 seconds, and keeping you full for up to 4 hours, they are the ideal way to fuel your workout with real food nutrition.
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