Nutrition: Superfoods for runners

A new superfood trends every week, but which ones are worth adding to your diet to become a better runner

by Annie Rice

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New ‘life-changing’ superfoods are popping up everywhere. Once the secret of those truly commitment to dietary glory, the availability of wonder seeds and all-powerful veg has very much entered the main steam, but it's still somewhat confusing what they all do and how best to prepare and eat them.  

As these superfood ingredients tend to come in their most basic form, we are here to tell you what really may be worth introducing into your diet as a runner and how to incorporate it into your diet in a truly delicious way.

Chia seeds

What: Chia seeds have grown for thousands of years in central Mexico. They are a versatile seed and are the highest combined plant source of omega-3, fibre and are a complete protein, plus they contain a host of other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Why: They have been proven to increase energy levels, plus the protein is great for muscle recovery.

Make this: Chia pudding

This tastes like a treat but is packed full of goodness for muscle recovery.


(serves 2)

6 tbsp chia seeds

2 x cups milk of your choice

2 tbsp honey or agave nectar

½ tsp cinnamon

1 cup frozen berries of your choice

¼ cup chopped hazelnuts


  1. You simply need to combine all the ingredients here except the nuts, stir thoroughly then leave it to sit in the fridge for at least two hours.
  2. Before you serve, toast the nuts and sprinkle on top. Chopped banana or fresh berries also make a welcome addition. 

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