5 must-have kitchen buys for runners - Women's Running Magazine

5 must-have kitchen buys for runners

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  October 21, 2016

Runners love their food – fact. Running regularly means that we can enjoy more of the foods we love, while encouraging us to make healthy and nutritious choices to support our bodies’ needs and improve our performance. It also means planning our meal times carefully to fuel our energy levels and boost recovery most efficiently. While selecting the right foods is crucial, having the right gadgets to help us prepare, store and get creative with our food can make this fuelling lark a whole lot easier – and much more fun! Check out these five gadgets – we’d definitely recommend putting them on your wish list!

Spiralite Vegetable Spiralizer by Spiralz

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Photo credit: bonappetit.com

Taking off in America in a very big way, the vegetable spiralzer is soon becoming a hot gadget in the UK – patricianly among athletes. This gadget effectively allows you to turn your five a day into pasta or noodles, as a delicious and nutritious alternative to refined carbohydrates. While it is important for runners to choose a diet rich in carbohydrate as the best energy source for working muscles, swapping out some of the ‘empty’ carbohydrates for nutrient- rich fruit and vegetables will help to control weight gain and fuel your body with vitamins and minerals. With this gadget, you simply clamp the vegetable between the blade and crank, turn the handle and the vegetable is transformed into spirals. You can make pasta with courgettis and even sweet potato rice!

£29.95

www.amazon.co.uk

Thermos King Food Flask

Thermos King Food Flask

Runners love their breakfast but planning to eat strategically before a race can be difficult – especially when you’ve got a long way to travel. And if you prefer your breakfast post run, fitting in breakfast before work can be tough! Keeping food hot for up to seven hours, the Thermos King Food Flask is ideal for storing porridge, allowing you to enjoy your go-to breakfast on the way to a race or at your desk. Light and compact, it’s easy to transport and is designed so that you can eat it straight from the flask – ideal!

£14.39

www.dunelm-mill.com

Lakeland 4 Snack Tubs

4 Snack Tubs

Burning calories and clocking up the miles, runners need their snacks! These Snack Tubs from Lakeland are the perfect way to store and transport your favourite nuts, fruit and seeds and enjoy them at your desk. While nuts are a healthy snack choice for runners, when you’ve got a bag in front of you, it’s easy to over indulge and slowly get through the whole bag… With these snack tubs, you can help to control your portion size.

£3.79

www.lakeland.co.uk

NutriBullet 12 Piece 600 Series

NutriBullet 12 Piece 600 Series, Grey

Smoothies are a great way of fuelling your energy levels before a run and are ideal for boosting recovery afterwards. The NutriBullet has become one of the most popular and well-known juicers on the market for making smoothies and juices and for very good reason. The NutriBullet uses nutrition extractors to break down the cell walls of fibrous plant foods, releasing the vitamins and minerals contained inside. This not only means you can fuel your body with essential nutrients but can enjoy your drink smooth, as the fibers, pulp, seeds are reduced to give a silky smooth texture.

£99.95

www.johnlewis.com

Avocado Food Hugger

Avacado food hugger

High in fibre and rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, avocados are a staple ingredient on a runner’s weekly shopping list. But what if you don’t want to eat the whole thing in one sitting? Lakeland’s Avocado Food Hugger allows you to save the other half so it stays fresh in the fridge for longer, saving on waste.

£5.99

www.lakeland.co.uk

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