Wednesday = Food. I may not know what date it is on the calendar but when I see Wednesday roll around, I do know it’s time to look at and talk about what I have been eating…
I run my best when I eat oatmeal with some banana before a workout but determining how much of each changes each day depending upon my early morning appetite and how many miles I will be running. I try to find the right balance of filling my stomach without eating too much before a run.
Some days I am full, some days I am still a little hungry (and I can’t run hungry!) so I grab an extra piece of banana or another spoonful of oatmeal. It’s never an exact science so I just go with it as it changes each day.
Post-Run breakfast is eaten immediately after I shower. The sooner I eat after a run, the better and more satisfied I feel for the rest of the day. Waiting too long to eat after a run not only sacrifices your muscles and your recovery but will throw off your appetite, leaving you hungrier later on. Trust me.
Yesterday morning I made my blueberry pie protein oatmeal but I wasn’t in the mood for a lot of blueberries so it’s mostly oatmeal mixed with Skoop, some almond milk and a drop of peanut butter swirled in too.
The grain free English muffin with pb & j for lunch thing is still going strong. To be honest with you, I love the simplicity of pb & j for lunch. I don’t want to think about what else I may be in the mood for and I don’t feel like getting creative.
I also love how I feel after I eat this! It doesn’t weigh me down yet keeps me full and satisfied not just from the protein and fat but from the flavors. Hello, I live on peanut butter because it’s my favorite food so the more I eat it, the happier I am.
Lately I feel as though the less vegetables I consume, the better I feel. As healthy as vegetables are for you, I can’t keep up a diet that is overloaded with produce. It just doesn’t work for me on a regular, daily basis. The digestion process for breaking down vegetables slows me down and makes me feel kinda bleh which is not the feeling I want during the day.
I made the lentil & black bean chili with sweet potato wedges as per my dinner plan post. I think that’s why I love doing those dinner plan posts, they really get me out of my usual meals and in the kitchen trying new recipes.
The flavors for this chili were just terrific and I also added some spinach and roasted broccoli (which isn’t pictured). Between the lentils, black beans and spinach leaves, we are talking about an iron-packed tasty meal! We all need our iron but especially us female runners (and if you are a female, vegetarian runner like me, you definitely need to pay attention to iron!).
Snacks & Dessert:
I need a lot of watermelon in my life. It hydrates me the best which is so important following a run and even to help me balance my electrolytes for the next day’s workout.
I treated myself yesterday to a Synergy Kombucha. I haven’t had one in forever.
Dessert is all over the place at night lately. Apples with peanut butter, dark chocolate bars and even a Quest Bar all of a sudden.
I stopped eating Quest Bars randomly last year but then picked up a few at Trader Joe’s before we left for Boston to have as emergency portable snacks.
I really liked the S’mores bar (not pictured because I ate it) but still like the double chocolate chunk and cookie dough too.
I had every intention of making these flourless & grain free fudge brownie bites last night but since I couldn’t shake an inner chill all day, getting up from the couch from under a blanket seemed impossible.What I'm eating lately and why #WIAW #oatmeal #runner #questbars #watermelon #fitfluential #peanutbutter Click To Tweet
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Quest Bar fans? Which is your favorite?
Are you a creative lunch eater or creature of habit same thing every day lunch eater?
Favorite post-run meal lately?