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I have a lot of strengths, but cooking isn’t one of them. I’d tell you to ask Jesse, but he would be gracious. Ask my kids! They’re brutally honest. I could share many funny stories that took place in my kitchen, like when I insisted Martha Stewart said to cover the pork chops in saran wrap before putting them in the oven. On several occasions, including that one, we’ve tossed dinner and went out to eat. More often than not, it’s edible. So we don’t starve.
One of my goals this year is to include a nutrition plan in my marathon training. Between including proper nutrition and a consistent strength training plan, I’m hoping to run a stronger and faster marathon.
Protein & Running
Protein is an important component in a runner’s diet. If you’re not consuming enough protein, your body will break down your muscles to try to fuel itself on your training runs. Eating a high protein recovery meal post-run will help your body build and repair your muscle tissue. I like to eat a snack or light meal high in carbohydrates prior to a run, then load up on protein once I’m finished. During most of my training runs, the anticipation of a post-run burger and beer occupy my thoughts and fuel my mental run as well as my physical body!
I run because I really like beer.
In my attempt to eat more healthy I prepared a power-packed brinner last night that consisted of Silver Fern Brand Protein Pancakes, Homemade Sweet Potato Hash, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Scrambled Eggs. Foolproof, really. I welcome any help in cooking a healthy meal for my family, so I was really excited to be introduced to Silver Fern Brand baking mixes. They have a ton of healthy options, including many gluten free mixes that I’m planning to try. Tonight we tried the Protein Pancakes.
Now, I’ll be honest. It took me a couple tries to reach a desirable outcome, but I’ve already disclosed my relationship history with my kitchen. At first, the batter was rather thin and my pancakes looked more like mangled crepes. So, I added more mix and some cinnamon for additional flavor to the batter. Once I did this, they turned out amazing and were the perfect compliment to the rest of our brinner menu.
Jesse and Owen (in all their fastness) won a couple bottles of pure maple syrup last year for placing in their age group in the hill climb at the Treetop Trifecta. It was a ton of fun to reminisce about their race and enjoy the delicious fruits of their labor during our meal.
I’m Not a Food Blogger
Obviously, I’m not a food blogger. But, here are some pictures to the best of my ability and recipes for the protein pancakes and sweet potato hash (which I topped with scrambled eggs and ate for lunch again the next day, mmm). These are so easy that any “idiot in the kitchen” (like myself) can prepare a healthy meal for herself and her family. It’s also great if you’re just a busy family that needs a quick and easy meal.
1 Egg, beaten
1/2 Cup Water
1 Cup Mix
Mix, cook, top with favorite fruits or syrup. (I doubled this for our family of 4 and added a little more mix to thicken the batter.) Easy Peasy!
Sweet Potato Hash
3 Medium Sweet Potatoes
1 tsp. Garlic Seasoning
Salt & Pepper to taste
Melt coconut oil in frying pan, add chopped sweet potatoes to coat. Sprinkle garlic seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook until tender.
What’s Your Favorite High Protein Recovery Meal?
I’m always looking for new healthy ideas and recipes to cook for our running family. What is your favorite high protein recovery meal? Share it with us in the comments!
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