Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Runners Love to Eat: How to Eat Like a Runner

Disclosure: I was provided the Runner's World Cookbook free of charge for the purpose of a blog review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own, and I am not obligated to give it a positive review. If I hated it, I'd tell you.

It is so easy to do. While trying to eating healthy, you can get caught in a rut and end up eating the same exact things every single day. Chicken salad. Chicken and vegetables. Turkey and vegetables. Salmon and vegetables. Chicken and sweet potatoes. While healthy, it is so freakin' boring I almost put myself to sleep just typing it.

This is why I was so excited when I learned about the Runner's World Cookbook. Some of us run to slim down, some of us eat to fuel up, and most of us do a combination of the two to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. The kicker is that healthy food doesn't have to be boring. Healthy food is delicious.

So whether you are training for a marathon and need tons of calories and lots of carbs, or if you are running to lose weight and need filling, lower calorie meals, the Runner's World Cookbook has recipes for every meal of the day (including dessert, of course) so that you can eat healthy, manage your goals, and most importantly, actually enjoy the food you eat.

The recipes are categorized as Prerun, Recovery, Fast (as in prep time, not your PR), Low-Calorie, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free, so no matter your dietary needs or restrictions, you can quickly determine which recipes are the best for you.

And before you dive into the delicious recipes, there is an introduction called, "How to Eat like a Runner" which is packed full of helpful tips: A Guide to Using Healthy Oils, Bread and Pasta Buying Guide, Best Protein Sources for Runner, among other great resources.

I've accepted a few truths in my life. I am just not very domestic. I'm not crafty, I don't sew, I can barely keep my house clean, and I am not a great cook. I managed to figure out how to make a few staple recipes in our house to keep us fed, but cooking is definitely not my strength. (My husband, on the other hand, refers to himself as Chef-Boy-Russ-G.) I often look at recipes online or in cookbooks and I either don't understand the techniques they describe or I don't have a clue as to what some of the ingredients are (this happens more than I care to admit). The Runner's World cookbook is really easy to follow with simple instructions and recognizable ingredients.

I think the thing I love most about the Runner's World Cookbook is that it is not overly restrictive like some other "healthy" cookbooks can be. Some of the recipes even use ingredients like white flour and sugar (Gasp! Just Kidding). This is what I like most. You can live a healthy lifestyle, eat great delicious foods that are good for your body, without restricting anything completely.

So instead of plain chicken and steamed vegetables everyday, how about "Southern UnFried Chicken" with "Butternut Squash with Pecan and Cranberries" as your side dish?

You can click on the link to purchase the Runner's World Cookbook (This is not an affiliate link, which means I don't gain anything if you click or purchase, I am just providing for your convenience!)

This week I am going to make "Crab and Lentil Stuffed Tomatoes with Yogurt Sauce" and I am also excited about the "Mini Salmon Cakes with Salsa." I'll blog about them as I make them. Have you tried any of the recipes in the Runner's World Cookbook yet? I'd love to hear what you think!

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  1. I'm gonna have to buy this...I've seen nothing but really positive reviews :) Sounds delicious!

  2. I do LOVE to cook and always enjoy reading a new cookbook. I am glad you recommended it... thanks for the great review.

  3. I've purchased the book recently and have just finished reading the beginning part about breads, oils and pastas. I can't wait to try some of the recipes.

  4. Are there pictures for most recipes? I like to see what it looks like before I try making something. Everything you have listed sounds delicious!

    1. Hi Mary! Yes, most of the recipes have pictures (there are some without) and the pictures look great.

  5. WHAT?! It didn't include tiny white donuts?! These are my fav marathon training cheats ;)

  6. I have to have pictures in a cookbook. It's helps me visualize the dish. Some of those dishes above look amazing.

  7. I think I need to get this cookbook. I'm getting worn out on chicken and....that's what got me eating out when I shouldn't. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Mmmmmmmm Garlic Shrimp!!!!! I love love love love shrimp, so delicious :)

  9. This is going on the top of my Christmas list!

  10. as a runner i like this book,for food is essential for runner,


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