Spring Inspired Healthy Carb Loading Recipes


Back in the Fall, I shared a great round up of Fall Inspired Carb Loading Recipes in honor of the Fall race season so it was only fitting that I do the same for Spring race season now too!

While I was just saying yesterday that no way will I start experimenting with new foods before a race, it’s always good to have some new and tasty recipes using the foods we runners already eat on a regular basis. We may get bored with our plain old oatmeal and banana so why not try using our runner-friendly staples another way, especially this time of year when we are feeling the bright, sunny and fresh air of Spring.

I hope you find a fresh new recipe here that you get excited about while fueling your muscles in a healthy and satisfying way. Have a good weekend!

spring inspired healthy carb loading recipes

50 Best Oatmeal Recipes on the Planet – If you are getting bored with your oatmeal, check out Fit Foodie Finds awesome collection of oatmeal recipes. So many great ideas!


Mashed Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls – Jen’s sweet potato breakfast bowls, which are made with banana too, look like the perfect pre or post run breakfast to me for those days when we get bored with oatmeal.

sweet potato breakfast bowls

Blueberry Banana Breakfast Bread – Both Paleo and nut free, Michele makes this banana bread look so yummy! I have so many bananas in the house right now that are about to be overripe too.


Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie – Amanda is the queen of making smoothies and this banana cream pie overnight oatmeal smoothie looks perfect for us runners since it involves our favorite ingredients.

Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie

Pasta With Roasted Spring Vegetables & Marinated  Mozzarella – A light pasta dish which involves my favorite roasted veggies.


13 Vegan Pizza Recipes to Revamp Pizza Night – Cheese can be hard for some runners so these pizzas recipes offer great alternative options that are vegan too.


Strawberry Banana Oat Bars – Perfect time of year for baking with strawberries!

Strawberry Banana Oat Bars

Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins – Loving the looks of the oatmeal crumb topping!

raspberry rhubard muffins

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  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma April 29, 2016, 7:11 am

    I’m starving now looking at these recipes! Thanks for linking to my bread, I need some overripe bananas in my life right now 🙂 This weekend is busy – Sat is Drew’s birthday and we’re going to a bar mitzvah, plus another birthday party and girls dance performance Sunday!
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  • Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl April 29, 2016, 8:15 am

    This weekend – attending one of my closest friends’ bridal showers! All these look YUM.
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  • Jen@bubblyrunner.com April 29, 2016, 9:01 am

    Yum, these look so good! I feel like I almost always make my oatmeal the same–brown rice protein powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and some sort of almond butter. It’s just so good! This weekend I’m doing a long run of 10-11 miles, then watching playoff hockey!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 1, 2016, 12:51 pm

      You know I am excited to see you watching playoff hockey! too bad my team lost yesterday!

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe April 29, 2016, 10:14 am

    This makes me want to make my scones. Or go eat a pizza covered in awesomeness
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  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 29, 2016, 12:09 pm

    Bring on the carbs.

    This weekend I’m giving the baby another bath, changing a bazillion diapers and maybe watching a movie with the Hubby.
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  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes April 29, 2016, 1:44 pm

    Yum that sweet potato breakfast bowl looks so good! 3 things this weekend: beer garden at our apartment, long hike on Saturday, and then run with Ryan on Sunday (oh, and eat all the food between all that activity).
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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine April 29, 2016, 7:11 pm

    These all look so good! I’ll be in NY for about 20 hours for my friend’s bridal shower. Good luck in the race!!!
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  • Suzy April 30, 2016, 10:46 am

    This post comes at a perfect time! It’s carb-loading day for us as we’re running the BMO Vancouver marathon tomorrow. Wahoooo!
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. April 30, 2016, 11:19 am

    Definitely checking out that oatmeal link! It’s always nice to have some different flavour options for something you eat everyday :mrgreen: And this weekend is going to involve a lot of kitchening for me, I think. I keep telling myself one more month and I’ll be free 😆
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  • Arthi April 30, 2016, 11:42 am

    Recipes look great!

    Three things I’m doing this weekend:
    1. 13.1 miles – Done!
    2. Going to the annual French Market this afternoon! Free tastings all day 🙂
    3. Lots of cleaning and laundry because I woke up to a very sick puppy this morning!
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