Welcome to another great Wild Workout Wednesday Link Up where Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced, Michelle at Fruition Fitness and I bring you workout ideas, motivation, inspiration and recipes to try. Join us each week by reading along, linking up and grab the button to proudly display on your blog/in your posts!
Ok, so I don’t have a workout to share with you today, but I have something even better…. food! Yep. Food is necessary to fuel those wild workouts of yours and to recover from the wildest of said wild workouts.
But here’s the thing. I’m a pretty busy person. I’m sure most (if not all) of you can relate. It takes every ounce of my willpower to wake up early just to fit in my wild workouts (especially those 3-hour training runs). Afterwards, I have to get to all the busy-girl things on my to-do list (aka binge watching How To Get Away With Murder – lez be real). Obviously, there’s not time to obsess in the kitchen about how I can get the right carb-to-protein ratio to keep my muscles from lashing out at me like a Betta Fish who sees his own reflection.
Seriously, though. The one thing I tend to sacrifice for everything else in life is cooking. Before I was marathon training, I used to spend hours in the kitchen every Sunday doing all kinds of meal prep for the week. I’d pick complicated dinner recipes to challenge myself. I’d make snacks for me and snacks for Will. Now, I go for simple. I want to be able to grab something before heading out for marathon training or a marathon of a day, and I want a simple recipe to whip up afterwards.
Enter the new cookbook from Runner’s World: Meals on the Run.
This post is sponsored by Runner’s World.
Everybody is on the go these days, and that includes during meal time. RUNNER’S WORLD MEALS ON THE RUN, the follow up to the RUNNER’S WORLD COOKBOOK, provides runners of all levels with healthy meals, snacks, sides and more that can be made in 30-minutes-or less. Geared for runners, the book separates recipes into categories like: pre-run nutrition, mid-run fuel and post-run recovery.
The quick-to-make recipes are incredible, but the categories are what make this book really special.
MEALS ON THE RUN includes two recipe indexes, with visual keys for classification at the start of each recipe, with V (for vegetarian), VE (for vegan), GF (for gluten-free), PR (for pre-run), R (for recovery) and H (for hydration). The second recipe key indicating suggested recipe combinations, allows runners to form meal plans based on specific training or dietary needs such as marathon training or gluten-free.
I absolutely love that if I want to make a pre-run snack, I can quickly scan the cookbook and find one I can whip up in no time. After said run, I can find another delicious recipe I know will help my muscles refuel and recover with the right combination of protein and carbs. I don’t have to check labels or hope that what I’m eating will help with recovery. Runner’s World has done all that work for me. This is the cookbook every runner needs.
Each recipe also includes the total time needed to prepare the dish, the nutrition per serving and number of servings the recipe will yield. Additionally many of the recipes offer a “quick tip,” such as how to keep ingredients fresh or an alternate way to prepare or serve the dish. It really makes everything so easy!
To put the book to the test, I decided to try two recipes: one for pre-run and one for recovery. It probably took me longer to decide which delicious recipe (there are 150!) to make than it did to actually make them. I mean, look how good everything looks!
Finally, I decided to make the Packfit bars as my prerun snack. You literally just throw all the ingredients in a food processor. Let it whirl around for 2 minutes, pack it into a dish and refrigerate it for 15 minutes. Then you have 16 delicious bars ready to take for a run, so to speak. Check ’em out!
I downed one of these babies before my Challenge Yourself Virtual 10K and rocked the run! When I got home, it was time to whip up a recovery meal. I decided to go with the Bacon-Apple-Cheddar Oatmeal because well… bacon. Boy was I glad I did.
This meal was so satisfying after my run. Slightly sweet. Perfectly savory. Noms to the max.
I really can’t wait to explore more of this cookbook. It has everything. Seriously. Look at this breakdown:
- 18 breakfast options including a Green Eggs & Ham Omelette plus 15 other ways to stuff an omelet
- 19 smoothie and juice recipes, such as the Mocha Madness Recovery Shake
- 22 health snack and sweets such as energy bars & balls, spreads & dips and sweet & savory snacks. including: Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Balls, Sweet & Salty Pistachio Butter, and High Protein Chocolate Pudding
- 18 salads and dressings that can be served as a side or meal like Shrimp & Asparagus Salad with Carrot Dressing
- 16 savory soups and stews including Quick Cooking Barley & Kale Soup
- 17 different ways to make pasta such as no-cook sauces, pasta tosses and quick pasta dinners such as Rotini with Pears & Prosciutto
- 18 vegetarian main dishes and sides including Smoky Squash Flatbread with Balsamic Glaze
- 15 seafood dishes from assorted fish and shellfish like Lettuce Wrapped Asian Salmon Burgers
- 16 meat and poultry dishes including Skillet Hoppin’ John and Kara Goucher’s Kitchen Sink Pizza
Are you drooling yet? I am! You can score a copy of this awesome cookbook over here, but if you can’t wait to try something, Runner’s World is letting me share the two recipes (Packfit Bars and Bacon-Apple-Cheddar Oatmeal) I made with you, so check those out below!
Packfit Bars Recipe
Bacon-Apple-Cheddar Oatmeal Recipe
Alrighty, link up time!
What are your favorite pre and post run meals?
Are you picky about how long your recipes take to make?
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