My Super Sweet 13(.1)

A 1st Half Marathon

Runner’s Snacks

You burn, on average, 100 calories a mile. If you’re running regularly – maybe 15-20 miles a week – you have some freedom with what you eat, but just because you’re training for a big race doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want. You want to give your body fuel for your workouts, not just extra calories to burn off.

The knowledge that running a lot doesn’t automatically equate eating what I wanted was a hard pill to swallow, because sometimes those miles felt like more than 100 calories when I first started running. But you are not alone. I am here with you. Though we’re far apart… Sorry, I was having a Michael Jackson moment. Anyway, this page is dedicated to good things to eat (besides sweet potatoes and bananas – make them a diet staple now for their potassium content!) when you’re training for a miniMarathon and running a helluva lot.

Yogurt & Granola! Yum!
(my bathroom had the best lighting - this is a 1/4 cup yogurt & 1/4 cup granola serving in a flan ramekin... with a spoon)

Yogurt & Granola

Yogurt, as Jamie Lee Curtis often reminds us on those obnoxious Activia commercials, is good for your digestive tract. A serving of yogurt, according to WebMd.com, also contains “a dose of animal protein (about 9 grams per 6-ounce serving), plus several other nutrients found in dairy foods, like calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium, and magnesium.” It also reduces your risk for osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Granola (I’m too lazy to make it at home so I use Bear Naked Peak Granola “The Original”) lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and, like yogurt, makes you feel full in small servings, thus helping you control your weight. It also can help regulate your iron levels, according to Livestrong.com.  Put ’em together in a small serving – I eat about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt (depending on the day/distance) with 1/4 cup granola, which equals about 200-220 calories – and you get a nice post-run or pre-run nibble with plenty of protein and other goodies for your body’s needs while trainng.

Quinoa, Black Beans & More… 

Quinoa with Black Beans & Cilantro

I don’t know what to call this dish, but here’s what I put in it: 1 to 1 and 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil, a chopped onion,  some garlic, and 3/4 cups uncooked quinoa – the Incan power food! – and 1 and 1/2 cups vegetable broth. You can add cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, etc., depending on your taste, but it’s cruicial you add a bean (sometimes we use mixed beans – kidney, black bean, etc. – sometimes just black beans) and you can also add diced tomatoes and green chilies and garbanzo beans (chickpeas!). Grab some bread and stew it up. I modified my recipe from AllRecipies.com, and you’re your best chef, but this meal is packed with protiens and vitamins and all sorts of good stuff for your run-weary body. And don’t forget cilantro. That gives it a special kick.


Fuel for your mule:) Spinach!

 

The Peachy Popeye, aka Spinach Smoothie

I found out about the wonder of the spinach smoothie – or “Green Monster” as it is  often called – through my yoga teacher, who held a workshop on juicing and cleansing and all that. What I got out of it is that you can make a really nutritious, on the-go-type beverage that can assist your fitness routine with healthy veggies and fruits and it can taste good! My Spinach Smoothie – I call mine Peachy Popeye – has about two handfuls of spinach leaves – raw – a cup of diced peaches, a banana, 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk, ice, and a tablespoon of vanilla protein powder. I used to sweeten it with agave but found it wasn’t necessary with the almond milk. This is really yummy and a great lunch after a long run. Serve yours in a pint glass, like I do, and you might trick yourself into thinking you’re drinking beer! Nah, but it is  delightfully yummy and nutritious.

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One response to “Runner’s Snacks

  1. […] stuff I’ve learned while training for this half that I think is worth sharing. Other than food that I find conducive to good health and good runs, here are the top five things I’ve learned while […]

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