Yes, I’m guilty for making an aggressive, self-improving New Years resolution. I’ll be running The Music City 1/2 Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee this April with my fitness savvy sister. I plan to tell as many people as possible so I won’t back out, begin a vigorous training program, and alter my eating habits to coincide with my latest endeavor. Get ready, set, and go!

Since I can’t run with a belly full of Krispy Kreme donuts I’ve looked into some more effective nutritional choices. I’ve constructed a starter list of five foods to work into my weekly diet and a few good recipes to go along.

  • 1. Oranges, as we all know, are a great source of vitamin C, and they’re known to reduce muscle soreness and help the repair process.
  • Salmon with Orange Pan Sauce
  • 7 Ways With Oranges
  • 2. Almonds have great health benefits for everyone. They lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, heart disease, and bad cholesterol. For runners almonds can reduce achy muscles and keep you fulfilled and energized during a run.
  • Maple-Almond Granola
  • Superfood: Almonds
  • 3. Eggs are great for bones, memory and visual health. The protein in eggs can really boost muscle recovery.
  • Seven Ways With Eggs
  • 4. Salmon is a solid protein source and contains omega-3 fats that can balance the body’s inflammation response.
  • 7 Ways With Salmon
  • 5. Bananas are a good source of carbohydrates. This quick snack provides potassium that can prevent cramping and is an instant source of energy.
  • Peanut Butter-Banana Spirals

There are still many foods I’ll keep working into my daily diet, whole grains, yogurt, etc., but for now this is a good start. I have a long road to run ahead.

Do you have any go-to fitness foods or recipes that I can try?