As I work through my peak mileage training weeks for my upcoming marathon, I have confirmed something. I love to eat. Food is awesome. Food is a necessity. Food IS fuel. I think about food before, during, and after all of my runs. Since all I’ve been doing lately is running for miles, I basically think about food all of the time. While I could list probably 30 things that I love to eat lately, I’ll keep it short and sweet today. Here are three of my favorite things these days.
1. No Bake Energy Bites- Thanks to my friend Darci, I have developed a small obsession with these things. First of all, they are no bake. WHAT!!! Does it get any easier? Second, they are AMAZING!!! I honestly can not eat just one. It’s basically impossible. Third, they are pretty healthy. SCORE! Since I’ve been meeting a group for my long runs lately, I bring a few with me to eat on my ride home. For the last few miles of these runs when I’m feeling ravenous, all I can think about is enjoying these treats when I finish.
Thank you to Smashed Peas & Carrots for this one! Check out the recipe here: http://smashedpeasandcarrots.com/no-bake-energy-bites-recipe/
2. Chocolate Milk – When I finished the Rock N’ Roll Savannah Marathon this past Fall, I drank not one, not two, not three…but FOUR chocolate milks right after crossing the finish line. I just couldn’t get enough! I am a self proclaimed milk addict and chocolate obviously makes everything better, so the combination of the two is like heaven on earth to me. I LOVE drinking chocolate milk after my runs, long and short. I honestly don’t know all the science behind why chocolate milk is a great recovery option, but I’m so glad that it is!
3. Oatmeal Bowls – My Mom told me about this oatmeal bowl she had put together several months ago and when I first heard about it, it sounded disgusting to me. Most people that I know, including my husband, think it sounds gross when I describe it to them. I’m telling you first hand, it’s not. It is by far one of the best meals I have had, especially before or after a run. You’ve gotta try it! If I recall correctly, my Mom found this recipe in a Mens Health magazine. I’m still not sure why she was reading it, but I’m glad she was! Here is my simple version of the recipe.
Combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup oats, and boil/cook.
Soft boil one egg. (Boil water then add egg and let boil for 5 minutes)
Cook two sausages. (I just use breakfast link sausage because it’s quick and easy…you can use any type you choose!)
Put oatmeal in a bowl and mix in sausage. Top with soft boiled egg, juice from 1/2 lemon, and olive oil.
Mix together and enjoy!
What are some of your favorite things?