Why might ice cream be good for runners?

Why might ice cream be good for runners?

by Emiliano Hernandez


When it comes to post-run rewards, ice cream might just be the perfect treat. Not only does it taste amazing, but it also offers some surprising benefits for runners. Let's dive into why indulging in a scoop or two isn't such a bad idea.

1. Calcium

Ice cream is a dairy product, and dairy is rich in calcium. So yes, ice cream does contain calcium! Beneath all that sugar, fat, and artificial flavoring, there is a bone-strengthening benefit. For runners–whose hips, knees, and ankles absorb the most impact–having strong bones is essential. A little Neapolitan-flavored indulgence every now and then can help with that. Of course, you should prioritize getting your calcium from healthier sources first, but a scoop of ice cream can be a fun addition.

2. Endless Flavors

There are practically endless flavors of ice cream available (okay, maybe not literally endless, but it sure feels that way). Whether you're at the grocery store or your local ice cream shop, there's something to match every mood. Feeling peppy after a run? Go for strawberry. Having a laid-back day? Vanilla is perfect. If your run was grueling and you need some comfort, chocolate is always a great choice. And let's not forget the creative flavors like cake batter that keep appearing. There's something for everyone.

3. The Perfect Reward

After a tough workout or a hard race, you deserve a reward. You've put in the effort, made sacrifices, and avoided the frozen aisle for months. Now it's time to enjoy the fruits (or rather, the ice cream) of your labor. Imagine walking up to the counter of an ice cream shop, peeking into the cooler of neon-colored buckets of frozen goodness, and saying, “I’ll take a double scoop of sherbet, please. With sprinkles.” It's a moment of pure delight.

4. Healthier Options

Ice cream doesn’t have to be overly unhealthy. There are plenty of recipes out there for making a less sugary, more nutritious version of this beloved treat. These recipes often include fruits and chocolate, so you don’t have to miss out on your favorite flavors. For example, try a PB&Banana combo for a delicious and slightly healthier option.

5. Extra Calories

When you're in the midst of marathon training, sometimes you burn more calories than you consume. While we’re not suggesting you fill those gaps with triple scoops twice a day, a little leniency is allowed. If trips to Baskin Robbins increase (or maybe even triple) during those 70-mile weeks, it's okay. Moderation is key, but a few extra calories from ice cream can help keep your energy levels up.

6. Electrolyte Ice Cream

We’re excited to introduce our new electrolyte-based ice cream! This isn’t just any dessert—it’s designed to help rehydrate you after a long run. Packed with essential electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium, this ice cream can help replenish what you’ve lost through sweat. Not only is it a delicious way to cool down, but it also supports proper hydration and recovery. It’s the perfect post-run treat that benefits your body in more ways than one.

So, next time you finish a long run or a tough race, don’t feel guilty about treating yourself to some ice cream. It might just be the perfect reward your body and mind need.

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