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Beat Winter Burnout by Boosting Your Iron

Beat Winter Burnout by Boosting Your Iron

Elyse’s Iron-Rich No-Bake Granola Bars

By Elyse Kopecky

It’s tough to stay energized and motivated through the winter months. I’m experiencing this firsthand—in January I started training for my first ultra marathon. Right now I’m having serious doubts about why I selected a spring race, which requires training in snow and ice.

I’m keeping my hopes high that spring weather is right around the corner, but for as long as the temperatures stay below freezing, you’ll find me in my kitchen baking nourishing treats. The promise of returning from a run to a steaming mug of my favorite tea and a homemade treat definitely helps me get out the door.

To beat winter burnout, it’s important to boost or maintain your iron levels, especially if you’re running high mileage, which can quickly deplete your iron stores. Fill your plate with iron-rich foods like grass-fed ground beef and bison, kale and spinach, eggs and beans. Pairing these with vitamin C–rich foods like citrus helps improve iron absorption.

Read more and get the recipe for Iron-Rich No-Bake Granola Bars at womensrunning.com.

 

More like this. Check out Why You Need Iron in your Diet

 

Snow running is better than no running! Cheers from Bend, Oregon.