10 Street Foods for Runners (Part 2 of 2)
You can read Part 1 of 10 Street Foods for Runners here.
Now we go to my top 5 favorite street foods.
5.Binatog (White corn with coconut and salt). I learn during elementary that there are 3 types of food: Go, Grow and Glow; corn is a ‘go food’. Athletes who are always on the go like “go foods.” Although, this type of food is very rare nowadays, I still wait for the ‘binatog’ventor on our street every 3:00pm. He has this weird “klang-klang” sound to inform those inside their houses that he is there already while shouting “binaaaaaaaaa-toggggg.” The white corn is a little bland but salt makes it tasty, talk about sodium which is good for runners’ diet. I always buy 2 servings.Pre-run food, (P10/serving).
4.Banana Cue/Turon/Camote Cue. The humble banana is a natural ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory and electrolytes-rich. The brown sugar is also a good source of energy. Camote is a complex carbohydrate which means that its slow burning. Makes you endure more the long runs because it has lots of energy stored in it. This is better enjoyed with sago’tgulaman with the whole barkada.Pre-run or post-run(P5-12/stick).
3.Buko Juice. Hydration. Some call this a natural “Gatorade.”This refreshing juice is a favorite too among bikers as it is quenches thirst. Some like this with condensed milk and ice, I want it shaked after a tiring long run. (Available in cups at P5-10 and fruit P10-20/buko)
2. Mani (Peanuts). Runners almost forget that protein is as important as carbohydrates in their diet. Protein helps build and repair muscles. The garlic is good for the heart as it lessens cholesterol. (P5-10/serving)
1. Taho (Soft Bean curd). My all-time favorite Taho, I eat this before, during and after the run. 5 times I used this as part of my nutrition on LSD (Puerto Princesa, Roxas Blvd., Sta.Cruz, Boracay and San Pablo). Of course, you don’t expect taho if you run in the afternoon of late night. If you are run at Roxas Boulevard you find taho vendor everywhere. What more, its super cheap. This is also good for vegan runners as this is their number 1 source of protein. The sago is also good source of carbs while the syrup helps replenish energy. I am thankful that the taho vendor always stops in front of our place every 9:45am for my protein fix (“suki na ako”). Btw, I used my own cup if I buy from him to save plastics and save earth (Earth Day everyday). Pre-run, during run and post-run food, (Available in P5 or P10/cup).
See, most food here ranges from P5-10 only. How cheap is that. I don’t believe that healthy foods are expensive, you just have to look around you.
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