From the Third Avenue brgr, we see these intrepid runners pass by all the time on their way to the Park. They’re not hard to spot with their comfortable paces, the cleverly-rigged water-delivery systems, their little packs of energy-giving goo, and, by the time they’ve finished, by their utter exhaustion. The fact is that running takes a serious toll on the body, and while most runners I know are more than happy to take advantage of their extra burned (earned?) calories for a little indulgence, they’re also more aware than most of the importance of what they put in their bodies. In a nutshell, athletes, more than most, really understand that food isn’t just about pleasure or hunger or whatever, it’s actually fuel.
As it happens, grass-fed beef is pretty great fuel for the working body. Olympic and NYC marathoner Deena Kastor is one example of a tried-and-true fan of grass-fed beef—she’s been eating it for years to fuel her intense running regimen—and there are plenty of other greats who know its value too. I have yet to meet an endurance athlete who doesn’t eat meat in some form—quite simply, the human body needs it for nutrients, for replenishment, for energy stores, and more. And no one is more conscious about eating the good stuff than athletes, which is why they opt for grass-fed over grain-fed.
What’s in grass-fed beef that makes it so great for athletes?
• Omega 3s.
• Branch-chain amino acids.
• Vitamins A and E.
• Digestive enzymes.
• Lower in calories and fat than grain-fed beef.
So all you runners out there, have your brgr and eat it too. Enjoy a juicy, tasty brgr, and get all the good things that your hard-working body needs, and while you're at it, splurge on a milkshake, too. You’ve earned it!