Six easy-peazy, healthy and delicious recipes to keep you fueled up, energized throughout the day, recovered and ready to hit the pavement. When it comes to making food, I try to approach recipes with simple values:
Is it real or made with nutritious ingredients? Is it balanced? Is this a reasonable portion?
See? Like I said, simple. Uncomplicated. If it gets too complicated, I won’t want to make it, so I stick to my tried and true favorites and play with the recipes from there.
To kick it off, here’s my go-to pre-run/workout favorite:
- 1 slice Millet-Chia Bread by Udi’s (a whole grain waffle is a good substitute as well)
- Coconut & Peanut Spread by earth balance
- ½ sliced banana
- Drizzle of raw honey
- On a napkin*, cuz I’m fancy like that 😉
- Sidenote: kid approved as well
* Napkin because I’m usually inhaling, I mean, sloooowwwwly chewing it as I head out the door. Mama ain’t got time for glass plates until lunch when I’m home alone.
Need more greens in your life and salads are getting boring? Well, here’s your super easy solution for THAT! Smoothies. You must, must, must get on the smoothie train. I mean, seriously ladies, they take about three minutes to make, keep you full and is one of the most convenient ways to get nutrients in your body. My personal favorite:
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (currently loving VEGA)
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup organic power greens
- I sometimes add a cup of cold water if I want to thin it out a little
- Sidenote: kid approved
Asparagus. I love asparagus and it’s in season, so the other day while thinking how I could have it for lunch (on a glass plate), I wondered how it would taste with two of my other favorite flavors: feta and mango! The results were magnificent and I made two variations of it in a week.
- grilled asparagus (heated them up from dinner night before)
- sliced mango
- crumbled feta
- balsamic vinegar
- drizzle of olive oil
Second variation (Burrata is a cheese I adore, so I made a similar recipe and made it into a salad for a brunch I was attending):
- steamed asparagus cut into pieces
- three balls of Burrata cheese
- chunked mango
- balsamic vinegar
- olive oil
- mix together and chill
- side of mimosa 😉
So what’s that other concoction in the picture above you ask? It just so happens to be a delicious and healthy sweet treat (ice cream substitute). Not to mention, high in protein and very filling.
- 1 cup nonfat Fage yogurt
- frozen berries (I usually thaw in microwave for 20 seconds to release the juices)
- handful of pistachios or walnuts
- drizzled with honey, stevia or one pack of powered stevia to sweeten.
- mix it all up and enjoy.
I can’t give you recipes without talking about avocados. Know that you should be eating them, often and often. Healthy fat, ladies!! Did you hear that? HEALTHY fat! Two of my favorite ways. Avocado toast and avocado egg salad.
- ½ avocado smashed
- tsp garlic
- salt & pepper
- sriracha or hot sauce if you enjoy a kick
- spread on toast and eat with a side of egg and chicken sausage
- *for avocodo egg salad, just add a hard boiled egg to above, mix togeher & chill
- serve in a lettuce wrap or as a protein packed sandwich
Finally, a recipe list wouldn’t be complete without a good snack option. I love me some snacks and have found that this healthy stove top popcorn satisfies my salty cravings quite well.
- melt ¼ cup coconut oil in a large pot
- add ½ cup organic white popcorn and cover
- when your hear the first pops, shake until done and pour into bowl
- melt 2 T organic butter and add truffle salt
- drizzle over popcorn and shake to spread throughout
When I stick to my food values, I find that not only to feel more energized for workouts, but am less likely to reach for foods that don’t nourish my body. When you eat right, you feel right.
Enjoy! – Tori