Ann Trason is considered by many to be one of the top ultramarathon runners in history. With 20 world records set in courses from 50 to 100 miles in length, she has amassed one of the most venerated careers the sport has ever seen. Paula Edelson writes in her book A to Z of American Women in Sports (2002) that Trason "seems at times to possess superhuman strength."
That superhuman ability translates into one superhuman nutrition plan. We spoke with Ann recently by phone and asked for ten of her favorite vegetarian foods for active lifestyles. You don't have to be a running icon to try them, but substituting these choices into your daily diet will still put you on the high road toward good health.
1. Nut Butters: Great as a spread, or even as a snack from the jar. Try some organic sunflower butter — these seeds hold almost four times as much Vitamin E content per serving as do peanuts.
3. Quinoa: A staple in traditional Incan cuisine, quinoa is a source of "complete protein," meaning that it contains essential amino acids that our bodies can't produce naturally. Trason likes to throw in some quinoa with her salads for a nutrient-balanced meal.