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What Elite Runners Really Eat

Lauren Fleshman

This professional runner/entrepreneur extraordinaire is a two-time U.S. 5,000-meter champion and five-time NCAA champion. Fleshman, 30, is also the co-founder of Picky Bars, a wholefood energy bar company; co-founder of Believe I Am, which works to empower female runners; and wife of professional triathlete, Jesse Thomas. She lives and trains in Eugene, Ore.

Shopping List:

Redwood Hills Farms Vanilla Goat Yogurt
Kale
Raspberry Jelly
Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas
Tilamook Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Black Label
So Delicious Coconut Milk
Red and yellow bell peppers
Limes
Spinach

Lauren explains…

REDWOOD HILLS FARMS VANILLA GOAT YOGURT

“I’m picky about my yogurt. I want it minimally processed, sweetish but low in sugar (and no cheating with fake sugars), high in protein, creamy and not from a giant cow-milking factory (that grosses me out). Goat yogurt is high in calcium, and naturally low in lactose so it doesn’t mess with my stomach.”

KALE

“The versatility of kale makes it my go-to green food. I can chop it up and sauté it into any type of dish, whether it’s Italian, Thai or Chinese.”

TILAMOOK EXTRA SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE, BLACK LABEL

“It’s the best. I can overlook my fear of industrial cow-milking for this one product only!”

RASPBERRY JELLY

“Raspberry jelly with seeds, to be precise. Jelly is the key to my happy marriage. My husband goes through a Costco-sized container of jelly every week, and if I didn’t keep it stocked in the fridge, he’d be outta here. Plus it’s great on toast with peanut butter, which I eat daily.”

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