Life On a Plate: Jenna Hope - Women's Running

Life On a Plate: Jenna Hope

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  April 6, 2021

Nutritionist Jenna turned to running to alleviate stress and now regularly runs 10Ks at the weekend with her husband before tucking into breakfast

Jenna’s CV
Jenna is registered with the Association for Nutrition and works closely with individuals, brands, companies and the media to help them implement smarter strategies for nutrition. With an undeniable passion for making nutrition smarter, clearer and simpler, she provides quick, easy, nutrition advice which you can implement every day. Jenna is a Linwoods Health Foods ambassador. You can follow her on Instagram here.

What do you normally eat?

“My diet is varied, and I focus on eating according to my appetite rather than following a strict dietary regime. It mainly consists of wholefoods such as nuts, seeds, meat, fish, eggs, wholegrains, beans, pulses, fruits and veg. I also enjoy cake and a glass of wine every so often.”

What snacks do you take on a run?

“I don’t eat during my runs, but I enjoy pre-fuelling and re-fuelling. I try to ensure I’m having enough complex carbohydrates pre and post run and plenty of protein too. My go-to snacks include hummus with oat cakes, roasted chickpeas, dates stuffed with peanut butter, and yoghurt with berries topped with Linwoods milled flaxseed with bio-cultures and vitamin D. Vitamin D is important during winter to support immune health, mood and bone function and promote a healthy gut.”

Do you have any nutrition secrets?

“It’s vital to strip nutrition back and remember that you don’t have to be on a restrictive diet to achieve your goals. Nourishing your body and ensuring that you’re eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds to support adequate micronutrient status is pivotal.

“I’m a big advocate for staying hydrated; essential for recreational and advanced runners. Staying hydrated is fundamental to a great run and recovery, but it’s really important for maintaining mental performance and productivity through the day too.”

What do you like to eat after a run?

“I often run in the morning so I have a fully loaded protein shake which contains bananas, oats, yoghurt, almond milk, hemp protein+ powder and cinnamon. Sometime I have a hearty bowl of porridge made using an egg white to increase my protein and topped with more milled flaxseed, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts and Co-Enzyme Q10 for extra magnesium and selenium.

“At the weekend, I might eat an omelette or poached eggs with spinach, avocado, smoked salmon – both on rye toast.”

What are your top food and drink pleasures?

“I love a good Asian restaurant, and the fusion of flavours which they add to vegetables, fish and the meats. Drink wise, I enjoy a glass of wine (usually white or rose, if it’s red you’re likely to find me asleep at the table!)’

Your top tip for any runner?

“Nutrition and food preferences vary and it’s essential to listen to your own body. We also need to consider that it’s normal for our wants and needs to change over time and so learning to listen and adapt our diets accordingly is the key to long-term health.”

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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