With all the information (and misinformation) out there regarding food, it can be difficult to know what you should be putting in your body to fuel a workout. Certain foods can increase your endurance and stamina, while others can weigh you down. So here's the low-down on what exactly you should be filling up on for power-packed results: Carbs Carbohydrates are one of the most essential energy sources for your body. Studies show runners on a limited carb diet see their speed of performance plummets. Fat takes a long time to digest and fuel your system, but carbs give you that energy you need almost immediately. Foods like bananas are fully loaded with fast acting carbs. Brown rice is another great choice because of it's high carb rate and super mineral rich content. And of course oatmeal, a classic pre-workout breakfast loaded with carbs and easy to digest. Protein Muscles are made up of protein, so getting another is essential for hard hitting results. Protein and carbs can be paired together for a great pre-workout snack. You can get your fix from a smoothie with chocolate, peanut butter and bananas. Mix some bananas with chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, natural peanut butter, a little spinach and yogurt! Delicious and fiber-filled too! You'll be crossing the finish line faster with these two essentials! Let us know your running diet tips!