I used to do Friday Favorites on a weekly basis and then I took a break from those, but I have been thinking about getting back to a weekly topic on that order.
After my "Foodie for a day" post I received a lot of great feedback and interest in that topic, so I am going to devote some Fridays to food for a while to see how it goes! Especially since food seems to be very important to most of us runners… I mean isn’t it one of the reasons you run? I know it is for me.
I have some ideas on some different topics to post within this weekly post to keep it interesting (a "bad" day, post long run, I have no time to cook day, etc), but if you have any suggestions, ideas or if there is something you want to know, definitely send them my way.
This week is all about time and not having a lot of it.
Honestly, when it comes to cooking the biggest limitation I have is time. I don’t have a lot of it so I don’t like to waste it standing in the kitchen. I would much rather be doing something else.
So what do I do on those days where time is a crunch and I still want to stay healthy and eat enough to make up those marathon training calories?
My pretty standard breakfast is oatmeal. It only takes about 3 minutes to cook in the microwave and I can either cook it while grabbing stuff out of the refrigerator for my lunch or while putting my makeup on. It’s all about multi-tasking on these days! Add some granola and you have a good sized breakfast.
On days when time is really limited, I will just bring the whole box of granola with me to work so I am not wasting time measuring it out or putting it into containers.
I make sure to grab a bunch of stuff from home to have at work. Sometimes I just throw food in my bag.
Apples, bananas, yogurt are all easy things to grab that don’t take any prep time.
I typically have my yogurt and granola as my morning snack.
I try to make sure to get at least one thing from the store on the weekend to satisfy my “I don’t have time to make lunch today” days and Trader Joes has some great options. I just try to check the ingredients to make sure there isn’t a whole lot of preservatives or weird things in it. If I don’t know what the ingredient is, I try to stay away from it.
One of my go to fast lunch items is soup. No prep required and you can just grab it from the fridge, put it in your bag, and microwave it when you get to work. I try to avoid canned soups because the sodium makes my stomach mad, but the ones in the refrigerated section work great for me. If you have some bread or crackers to add to it, then that adds some more substance to the soup.
This claims it’s 2.5 servings but I eat the whole thing.
Afternoon snacks include all or some of the following depending on the day: zbar, apple, banana, string cheese, almonds.
I keep a can of almonds at my desk for days I need an extra snack and also try to resupply other things at the beginning of each week so I am not carting stuff around every single day. I bring all my bars to work on Mondays and restock any random things I might keep in my desk.
One of my go to fast dinners are egg tacos or burritos.
Protein: check. Carbs: check. Fat: check. Vegetables: check.
Typically I scramble about 3 eggs which takes barely any time, warm up a couple of corn tortillas, add some cheese and some salsa. If I have extra time I will sauté some vegetables to go in there too, but the point of this dinner is to be fast.
You can also add beans for extra protein or some avocado for extra healthy fat. This can definitely be a bigger or smaller dinner calorie wise based on what you put in it, so mine varies based on how much running I have done that day and surrounding days.
But seriously, it only takes a few minutes!
I typically will have other snacks throughout the night as well, depending on the day of running. A brown rice cake with peanut butter or an apple with peanut butter are some examples of my night time snacks. I’m always eating!
None of these items took more than 5 minutes to make and are relatively healthy, fresh and convenient!
What are some of your go to items for fast meals?
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