Finding the right post-run meal at Chick-fil-A

Rain or shine, day or night, there’s always someone out on the road running.

And for good reason. Running is a form of exercise that needs minimal equipment, is easy to begin, and can be done anywhere. Whether it’s running to stay in shape or to relieve stress, everyone has their own story for why they started.

A Family Matter

Christopher Leonardo, a Wellness Program Coordinator at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and certified trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine, first hit the pavement as a way to bond with his family.

christopher leonardo

“I started running because it was something my brother was into, and he encouraged my father and me to join him,” he said. “I ran my first half marathon in 2007, and since then it has become something that I really love to do.”

A decade later, Leonardo has completed 15 half marathons. In a normal week, he will run five days, totaling 35 miles. And after a good run, there’s always one meal that just hits the spot for him.

“The Chick-fil-A grilled chicken sandwich is my go-to meal,” he said with a laugh. “It has everything you are looking for when you want to grab something quick and easy.”

Christopher Leonardo

Fuel for the Road

Along with his sandwich, Leonardo will alternate between these Chick-fil-A menu items week to week. All in moderation, of course:

Grilled Nuggets – For those in need of a quick and nutritious entree, these tasty marinated nuggets are packed with 25 grams of protein and just 140 calories (for an 8-count order).

grilled nuggets

Fruit Cup – A fresh and chilled mixture of mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries and red and green apples provides a perfect complement to any Chick-fil-A meal. “The craze right now is to shy away from carbs but you can’t do that when your body needs energy,” Leonardo said. “It’s especially important to get your blood sugar back up after a long run.”

fruit cup

Superfood Side – At 190 calories and 4 grams of protein, this combination of chopped Broccolini®, kale and dried cherries topped with maple vinaigrette and roasted nuts will give you energy without weighing you down.

superfood side

Grilled Chicken Sandwich – A boneless marinated and grilled chicken breast, this sandwich is 310 calories, packed with 29 grams of protein and the perfect item for post-run meal.

grilled chicken sandwich

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