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Paleo Fuel for Marathoners

by Cassandra Basore

Living the paleo lifestyle has become my obsession. As a lifelong athlete, I've always been interested in eating foods that would yield a higher active performance in whatever sport I was in at the time. Most recently I set a goal to run the Chicago Marathon this October. Even though eating paleo has been great for my overall health so far, when I started introducing 12-15 mile runs on the weekend, I found that eating carbs was going to be a necessary component of my diet which directly contradicts the paleo mantra.

What I found is that even though I do need to be adding more carbs to my diet, the carbs don’t have to be pastas or even gluten-free pastas. In fact, just by adding loads of fresh vegetables to my every day meals, I can get a hearty serving of carbs that won’t throw off my paleo routine.

If you’re a long distance runner training for a big race, you may want to consider adding these healthy carbs into your eating routine:

Ackee

Acorn squash

apples

Apricots 

Artichoke 

Arugula

Asparagus 

Bamboo shoots

Bananas

basil

Beet greens 

Beets 

Blackberries 

Blueberries 

Bok choy (and all the other CHOYS)

Breadfruit

broccoli

Brussel sprouts 

Buttercup squash

Butternut squash 

Cabbages (red, green, napa)

Cantaloupe melon

carrots 

Cauliflower 

Celery 

Cherries 

Chokecherries

Chrysanthemum leaves

Cilantro

Clementines

Collards 

Cranberries

Cucumber 

currants

Daikon

Dates 

Durian

Eggplant

Fennel

Fiddleheads

garlic

Garlic scapes

Ginger

Grapefruit 

Grapes 

Guava

Hearts of palm

Hibiscus flowers

Honeydew 

horseradish

Hubbard squash

jackfruit

Jicama

Kabocha squash

Kale 

Kiwi 

Kumquats

Lambs quarters (mache)

Lavendar 

Leeks 

Lemon

Lettuces

lime

limequats

Loquat

Lotus root

Mango

Mushrooms 

Mustard greens

Nasturtiums (leaves and flowers)

Nectarines

Nopales

Okra 

Onions 

Orange 

Papaya

Papaya 

Parsley

Parsnips

Passionfruit

Peach 

Pear 

peppers 

Pigweed

Pineapple 

Plantains

plums

Pomegranate

Prickly pear

purslane

Raddichio

Radishes 

Raisins 

rambutan

raspberries

Red banana

Rose petals and rose hips

rutabagas

Saguaro fruit

Salsa 

Saurkraut 

Scallions/green onions

Seaweeds

Sorrel

Spaghettisquash 

Spinach 

Sprouts 

Star fruit

Strawberries 

Summer squashes

Sweet potato/yams

Swiss chard

Tamarind

tamarind

Tangerine

Tat soi

Tomato 

Turnips

verdolagas

Water chestnuts

Watercress

Watermelon 

Zucchini