Meat: Power Cuts

Power your runs, boost recovery and stay lean with these cuts...

by Jessica Girdwain

turkey pastrami, nutrition, running
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Turkey Pastrami

A great way to add a flavour punch to your poultry protein hit, turkey pastrami is cured in seasoning and smoked. Delicious tucked between a couple of slices of rye bread, a 50g sarnie filling supplies two milligrams of energy-revving iron.

Deli meats do have higher sodium levels, but Kimball points out that most runners don’t need to panic about taking in extra sodium because they lose so much through sweat. “Pastrami is just another source of electrolytes,” she says.

Kimball suggests eating half a sandwich after a run as it provides a great recovery mix of carbs, protein and salt.

Keep it lean

To limit nitrates, the chemical preservatives found in cold meats, look for packaging that says ‘no nitrates or nitrites added’.

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Discuss this article

 'Staying slim doesn’t have to mean a diet of lettuce', chicken breast 'should definitely be part of your nutrition plan', and 'working different meats into your diet will save your taste buds from monotony'? 

Oh please.

I'm vegan and a runner. I have a varied and tasty diet with plenty of protein, iron and nutrients. Believe it or not there are actually more choices out there than just meat and lettuce.


Posted: 27/06/2012 at 21:18

Another way to look at this:

Running on plants works for me.

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 11:15

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