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Nutrition for Runners: Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies

Tonight’s recipe is another one from one of the Oh She Glows cookbooks. I am starting to realize that for someone who does not follow a vegan or even vegetarian diet I often post vegan or vegetarian recipes on here.

This recipe is a healthy option to give you some energy in the mornings. If you are interested in it you can find the full recipe here. 

This recipe was very easy to make. It does not take long at all to mix the dough and set it out on a baking sheet. I did it this afternoon while waiting for the alarm to tell me it was time to pick up my daughters from the school bus to go off.

I only made one batch this time but plan to make more soon. My daughters (7 and 4) love them, a bonus for those of you who understand how challenging it can be to get kids fed before school in the morning while you are also trying to get ready for work.

As for me, having these on hand will make for a great pre-run snack. I will be packing some for our trip to Boston in a couple weeks for the marathon.

 

Nutrition for Runners: Last-minute protein energy bars

Tonight’s recipe is one I came across online recently. I recommend this one if you are looking to make your own energy and protein bars. This was my second or third attempt at making energy and protein bars. 

These bars are very easy to make and taste great. You can find the recipe here. 

If you have the ingredients to make this recipe it will take you at most 15-20 minutes to make these bars. I will definitely be using this recipe again. It is cheaper and healthier than some of the store bought options. 

Nutrition for Runners: Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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Tonight’s recipe is a very easy and tasty one to try. I made them the other day while my girls were watching a movie. It took me about 15 minutes to prepare them and there was no cooking involved.

These energy bites are a healthy source of carbs due to the use of raisins and oats. The fact that they are bite size also makes them very convenient for running.

These energy bites are also very tasty which is not always the case with options you find in stores. I’m sure most of you have experience with energy bars that taste more like chalk than anything else.

My wife and my daughter were fans of this recipe as well. I already have requests to make more. If you want to try this recipe head over here to the Run Ottawa website to check it out.

Nutrition for Runners: Pumpkin Pie Pudding

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This is my second attemp at making something using leftover pie pumpkins from Halloween. This is not something I would have thought of trying without the help of Google.

I used the following recipe. You will note that it calls for canned pumpkin. I made my own puree using the pumpkins we had here and it worked just fine. It may have also made the recipe healthier.

I also cut back on the amount of sugar, opting for 1/2 cup instead of 3/4 cup. My kids certainly did not notice the difference as they still enjoyed it.

Nutrition for Runners: Pumpkin Soup

  
With leftover pumpkins from Halloween my goal for this week was to find a recipe to make use of some of them. We had a handful of pie pumpkins sitting on the porch, leftover from my 6 year old’s birthday party where the kids decorated pumpkins. 

I found this recipe for a healthy version of pumpkin soup, healthy since whipped cream was not an ingredient. The first step was to clean the outside of the pumpkins, despite protests from my kids, so I could roast them and make purée. 

It took me about an hour to roast the pumpkins and make purée. Once that was done it took about 10-15 minutes to put the soup together. It was a great way to make use of pumpkins that would have otherwise sat on my porch until I tossed them in the compost bin. 

Nutrition for Runners: Beef and Sun Dried Tomato Flatbread Pizza

  
I’ve been slacking on these posts lately but today I got around to trying something new that was worth posting. This is my latest attemp at making a recipe from the Runner’s World Athlete’s Palate Cookbook. For any runners who are interested in healthier nutrition options I would recommend this book. I got it for Christmas two years ago and I still go back to it.

I decided to try this one tonight because it was the one pizza recipe in the book that I had not yet tried and I figured that anything involving back steak had to be good. 

This recipe was really easy to make. I prepared it while my two year old was watching Lady and the Tramp on DVD without her noticing I was in and out of the house to grill the steak. If you are interested in this recipe you can find it on pp. 150-151 of the book. 

I made one alteration to the recipe by using green onions instead of roasted shallots. I think the green onions worked just fine.  My wife and my two year old certainly did not complain. I definitely plan to make this recipe again. 

Also, if you are a craft beer fan like I am I will mention that a pale ale paired well with the meal…

  

Nutrition for Runners: Salmon Baked in Paper

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Tonight’s yet again comes from the Athlete’s Palate Cookbook. This one can be found on page 141.

Althought I have not yet tried all of the recipes I want to try I’ll try and find something from another source for next week but for this week needing a quick option it was my best option once again.

This recipe was very much an easy one to prepare. I think it took me 10 minutes at most to get everything in the oven. The longest part was waiting for it to cook.

I will mention that I did a couple of things that caused the cooking time to be longer than necessary. First I forgot to remove the skin from the back of the salmon filets I had. The second thing I did was that I had to cook everything in aluminum foil because we did not have parchment paper.

New Features

This week I started thinking about new weekly features I could add to this blog. With the help of my wife I was able to come up with ideas for two new features I think you will enjoy. I plan on introducing these new features over the next two nights.

The first of these new features will involve healthy recipes for runners. We all know that proper nutrition is an important part of training. Each week I plan to share one of my favourite recipes with you.

The second feature will involve the science of running. In this feature I plan to look at some of the theories behind running, such as minimalist shoes vs shoes with support or the proper running stride. I’ll also discuss some of my experiences with the theories and ideas.

I hope you will enjoy the new features. Watch for the first one tomorrow night!