Today’s topic is about food, specifically post run snacks and meals. I could talk about food all day, every day. I’m one of those people that exercises/runs because I love to eat. I can probably spend half of a long run thinking about what I want to eat/drink once the run is over. I’ll literally run through all my options and try to think about what I’m in the mood for that day. Sometimes I’m super hungry after a run, and sometimes I just want a smoothie, but here are some of my favorite post run meals and snacks.
This is probably the easiest and quickest post run meal. I don’t follow a particular recipe, but I always use 2 cups of spinach, ice, water, one scoop of protein powder (usually vanilla or strawberry) and whatever fruit I have on hand (bananas, strawberries, blueberries, etc). A protein smoothie is great because I can drink it while doing my post-run stretches.
My love for pizza runs deep. It’s my favorite food and I think there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a slice (or two) after a run. Besides, it has carbs and protein which is what we should be aiming for after a hard workout, right? Hahaha 🙂
There’s nothing better than enjoying a nice bowl of hot oatmeal after running outside in the cold. During the winter I’m usually freezing once I stop running, so I always want to warm up as quickly as possible! My favorite oatmeal? Steel cut oats made with milk sprinkled with cinnamon and half of a granny smith apple (cut up into chunks). It’s my take on a healthier version of apple cinnamon oatmeal. You can also add a scoop of protein powder (unflavored or vanilla) for an extra boost of protein.
It’s so much fun to eat brunch after a run, especially a long run. Who doesn’t love pancakes and bacon? OR eggs and toast? Or maybe a bagel with cream cheese? To top it off, you can enjoy it all with a mimosa or beer. While I don’t go to brunch after long runs that often, it really is a great treat!
Sometimes I just want a quick snack, especially if it’s a short run. After a summer run, I love a good fruit salad. When it’s in season, I use watermelon as the base and then add in strawberries, blueberries and cantaloupe. Sometimes I’ll add in honeydew or kiwi if I have it on hand. Not only is it healthy and refreshing, but it’s a great way to hydrate as well!
Do you have a favorite post run meal or snack?