Why festive fuel is great for runners

Don't feel guilty about loading up on Christmas day. Here's why THE biggest meal of the year is good for us runners.

 Credit: Alamy

Credit: Alamy

World leader
Brussels sprouts are packed with such a huge range of vitamins that they truly can claim to be one of the world’s best super-foods. But preparation is the key – no boiling, ever!

Basic fuel
Potatoes contain fibre, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 content, which coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health. Of course, cooking them in goose fat may affect this!

Drink to this
Red wine is surprisingly healthy (in moderation). It’ll lower cholesterol, it contains antioxidants that help protect your heart, and there have been a host of studies which suggest it fights colds. 

Relax
Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and plays an important role in strengthening the immune system. It also helps you doze off in the afternoon and, as we well know, sleep is good.

Five a day
You won’t need reminding that carrots and broccoli are good for you. Who doesn’t know that? Great sources of vitamins and minerals, they are also antioxidants, adding to heart health. 

Super food
Cranberries are mightily impressive with their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. Indeed, there aren’t too many foods around that are quite so impressive.

Power-packed
Nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals, making them just about the best thing on the table. Ignore chocolate cake and opt instead for these beauties.

Pour on the gravy
Right, let’s establish one vital factor from the off: gravy must be homemade, do not use store-bought powders and the like as they are bad for you. Homemade, however, is not. Hooray!