Training Secrets, Round II: Our Favorite Mother Runner Fuel

Oh, the training dilemma: the more you run, the hungrier you get. Unfortunately, you probably don't need us to tell you that a run doesn't entitle you to a stop at Dunkin' Donuts or the leftover pizza or even a second spoonful of Nutella. (Maybe just one though..)

We know there are a gazillion books, websites, sources telling what and how to eat—and some are way more qualified than we'll ever be. That said, we are qualified to recommend the following recipes. Because they're the workhorses in our mother runner rotation, and they're so good, we're still not sick of them.

All are healthy, most are vegatarian, and most make enough for you to have for at least one lunch, if not a few more meals. As you forge on with your training, give a few a try--and tell us about your own.

BREAKFAST

photo: shelly in real life
photo: shelly in real life

Mango, Avocado, and Kale Smoothie
Dimity says: I did the Clean program a few years ago, and while it was too tough to keep up for the recommended three weeks (I needed some carbs!), I've turned again and again to this smoothie. (And I'm not really a smoothie kind of girl, so that's saying something!) I like that it tastes sweet but has a bunch of green in it; it's one of the few smoothies that actually feels like a real breakfast to me. 

 

photo: minneapolis running
photo: minneapolis running

Healthy Pancakes for Runners
Dimity says: Yes, I googled, "Healthy Pancakes" last fall, when I came home from a 8 miler and just wanted to sink my fork into a significant, filling breakfast. When this recipe—an adapted Ina Garten one—came up, I bit. And bit and bit and bit. I use vanilla protein powder (we have the Whole Foods 365 brand), so that's all I can vouch for, but you could also skip that step (and use some almond butter instead of syrup).

LUNCH

photo: marin mama cooks
photo: marin mama cooks

Quinoa Wrap With Black Beans, Feta and Avocado
Denise, another mother runner, says: I could seriously eat this for seven lunches a week. (And Dimity says: Yes, we're a little crazy about the avocados around here.)

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photo: runners world

Curry Chicken Salad with Apples and Celery
Sarah says: Even though this feels like a summer dish, I pretty much love anything with curry anytime. This is a simple, tasty recipe that lasts for a few days. (And yes, I realize the picture isn't all that appetizing...I promise, the salad is!)

photo: paleo grubs
photo: paleo grubs

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Dimity says: I realize this is a pretty complicated recipe for lunch, but if you make it on a Sunday, it'll last for a few lunches. I love the cinnamon in it, and often have it with the mini-Naans from Costco, which are decidedly non-Paleo. Oh, and I just used olive oil in place of ghee, which, I'm fairly sure, I've never purchased in my life. And I also buy the squash at Costco, so it's already cubed and ready to go.

DINNER

photo: pamela salzman
photo: pamela salzman

Vegetarian Chili With Sweet Potatoes (for slow cooker or stove top)
Dimity says: Yep, I'm a little into the orange veggies. I love this recipe for many reasons—lots of veggies, the slow cooker, for two—but I love it most of all because there's very little prep. Just slice a few potatoes, peppers, and you're good to go.

photo: heather christo
photo: heather christo

Kale Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Chili
Sarah says: This kale pesto recipe is incredibly simple and quick, and a great recipe at this time of year when kale is so plentiful in stores. My kids adore it. Then I use leftover ricotta on whole-grain toast for lunch the next day with a smear of homemade raspberry jam.

photo: natasha's kitchen
photo: natasha's kitchen

Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon
Pan Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
Jonna, another mother runner, says: I have made this salmon + broccoli combo weekly this entire winter. (No word on what her husband thinks of all the garlic.)

 

TREATS

photo: pamela salzman
photo: pamela salzman

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Spice Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Dimity says: I couldn't not include at least one sweet thing. And these beauties are sweet! And good! And are basically cookie versions of the pumpkin muffins my house loves so well. Promise, it's worth it to grind up the oats and walnuts. One note: They're pretty moist, so I keep them in the freezer to avoid spoiling.

Ok Challengers: your turn to share your favorite mother runner fuel. What are your go-to recipes? Share them in the comments below--along with any important notes or modifications. (Extra points if you can find a healthy donut recipe!)

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