9 Healthy Meals for Runners (Plus 3 Healthy Desserts!)

Best food for running?

Eating good fuel foods did not matter at all to me at that point.

Obviously that is not ideal for health, and as my inside tracker showed, but it also meant that when we came back, Steve and I looked forward to eating better and getting on track.

I love to experiment with recipes, and although I love to food prep a lot of the same things each week, we do like to vary our dinner recipes up, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite things that we have made recently. A lot of these are not my recipes, and the other half are not really even recipes, just throwing things together based on what we have.

I have talked about this before, that one way where cooking is great when compared to baking, is that you do not have to be as precise, and substitutions usually end up working out okay, so many recipes you can use what you have leftover.

So that being said, here are some of our favorite recipes with food that gives you energy from my go-to cookbooks .

Run Fast Eat Slow Review

We have absolutely LOVED this cookbook, and have made quite a few things already, both meals and snacks. We love the superhero muffins and sweet potato breakfast cookies

When it comes to dinners, we have made the follow

High Altitude Meatballs

These were delicious! Best meatball recipe I have ever had. We had them with sweet potato noodles from our spiralizer, but they would work well with any noodles. The only thing I might change net time is to add a blob of mozzarella in the middle (Steve and I like to do that!)

Carrot and Ginger Soup

We had this last weekend, and I was a little unsure how Steve would handle it, as he is not a HUGE fan of Ginger, but it was fantastic. Perfect for a chilly winter day. It is thick and hearty, and full of flavor.

Don’t Get Beet Hummus with Pita Chips

This hummus is so moreish! I couldn’t help myself finding ways to enjoy it all day long as it makes a big batch. The roasted beets give it a little sweetness, but not too much. For a dip, this is as good as it gets.

We even used the last of this as a pizza sauce one day as a hodge podge pizza…….mmmmm delish!

Broccoli Chevre Soup

Who doesn’t like broccoli and cheese soup? Is there anyone out there? Didn’t think so, but this is a goooood one! We had it with homemade sourdough croutons, which was delicious 🙂

Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing

They have a salad recipe in there for the miso dressing, but we didn’t have half the ingredients, so I used what we had, but definitely a good dressing that goes with a lot of things, I have also put it on rice, which was good too.

Eating Well Made Easy Review

My mum bought me this cookbook a last year, and I have tried quite a few of the recipes from it.

Full disclosure; a few I have not liked, but the ones we have liked, we have LOVED and made multiple times. I look forward to testing out more this year.

Sweet Potato Fish Pie with Haddock, Salmon, and Dill

Fish pies are one of those things that are often forgotten about, but are SO good, especially when you find a good recipe, and this is definitely that! Thankfully Sizzlefish makes it nice and easy to make as I get both haddock and salmon in my box, but you could use other fish if need be.

This is my favorite recipe in this cookbook by far, and its nice and nutritious!

Shaved Raw Brussel Sprout Salad with Hazlenuts, Pomegranate, and Pumpkin Seeds

I know, I know, Brussel sprouts are gross, right?

I always used to think so too, but my mind is changing now AND raw versions like this make it taste so different, you wouldn’t be able to tell. I have made a few like this, and people LOVE it, even if they claim they don’t like Brussel sprouts, so give it a try 🙂

We love to have these with homemade sausages from our local grocery store, but this would go well with burgers too.

Roast Butternut Squash Beet Tacos with Guacamole Lime Salsa

Actually, this is my favorite recipe in the book…….or is it the fish pie? hmmm its a close call, but this is one we have made over and over too, and is a healthy way to do taco Tuesday.

Thinking about it, I need to make this again very soon 🙂

Roast Courgette (Zucchini) Pizza Boats

These are supposed to be for kids, but we loved them as a side dish, and they are easy to adapt based on what you have. We like to have them with chicken wings from the grill, but they would go great with most things.

Chocolate Covered Katie

Cause a day is not complete without a dessert, right?

This cookbook was given to me for Christmas, and I have been working my way through it, loving the ones we have tried.

The Famous Cookie Dough Dip

I can see why it is her most popular recipe, it is hard to stop eating it once you start, and you can dip anything in it….which is also dangerous!

Although just a note, make sure if you make this, your husband does not use their fork from eating the fish pie mentioned above to stir it!!!!! Lets just say it changed the flavor of that batch!

Strawberry Shortcakes

Okay, so full disclosure, Steve and I did not keep this as healthy as it should have been, we may or may not have used real buttercream frosting instead of the healthy coconut whipped cream Katie suggested, but with or without the frosting, these were delicious, and I look forward to many more of these in marathon training!

Deep Dish Cookie Pie and Sugar Free Deep Dish Cookie Pie

Drop the mic. Seriously.

You would never guess this was a healthi-fied dessert with how it tastes, and on my girls night last Friday, I had my three girlfriends try this, and they LOVED it.

This is so good, that’s all I need to say.

There are so many more recipes we have tried and loved lately, but these are the ones that come to mind.

What are your go to recipes? Share below, help a runner out 😉

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  • carla birnberg
    January 25, 2017 5:28 am

    shared this and had to share here I think I need to SHAKE THINGS UP HERE food-wise. As I yammer about today at my own place Im starting to wonder if consistency is AMAZING or a killer of opportunity. And Im a little too boring, errrrr, stuck in routine 🙂 with my recipes.

  • Confession: I have the Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook and have made absolutely nothing from it!! GASP! I know, I know but most of the recipes are so complicated…for me, which is an easy thing to do. I promise to try and make some of your suggestions, since you already tested them out 🙂

  • Healthy deep dish cookie pie? That is pretty awesome. I’ve been looking for change to my food so I think I’ll need to try some of these.

  • Emily Labutta
    January 25, 2017 8:22 am

    I just made the Carrot Ginger soup from Run Fast Eat Slow too! It’s delicious, and perfect for the rainy weather I was having.

  • Runningwithallergies
    January 25, 2017 8:40 am

    I have not been cooking much recently, beyond testing recipes for Thanksgiving! Yes – it has been that long. Deadlines – golly – are not fun in this respect, but I will take a look at these and I am excited to get back into it. These all look delicious!

  • I’m sipping a pomegranate/pineapple smoothie as I read this. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 6 weeks ago and I’m determined to keep running. I do eat pretty well, but there are some definite changes I need to make in my diet, and that is to incorporate more antiinflammatory foods. I’m starting with breakfast smoothies–I already make them for my son. Stay tuned…

  • Amanda Haselden
    January 25, 2017 9:12 am

    I love Chocolate Covered Katie’s desserts! Most are easily modifiable, and somewhat healthy, when you’re talking about dessert 🙂 I just recently completed a couple rounds of Whole30, trying to figure out some GI issues, and in the Whole30 Cookbook, they have a fantastic Grilled Steak with Garlic-Shallot Puree recipe that is to die for! I’ll fix that with a roasted beet and orange salad and a side of mashed sweet potatoes (yams) or sweet potato fries. So delicious!

  • I love Chocolate covered Katie. I’ve had that cookbook for quite awhile and refer to it often.

  • My copy of Run Fast Eat Slow comes today and I’m so excited about it!
    Now that I’m back to running (YIPPEE!) I’m excited to whip up some delicious and healthy meals to fuel me.

  • I am hoping you will start cooking some more vegeterian meals to share with us on meatless Monday

  • I love the roasted whole chicken recipe from Run Fast, Eat Slow! I’ve only made that and the beet hummus from it, but that recipe is my go-to roast chicken recipe now. I need to try those meatballs!

  • Got Shalane’s cookbook for Christmas…love the superhero muffins, smoothies and Curry Lentil soup with Charred Cauliflower. Can’t wait to try more.

  • I think I will give the carrot ginger soup a try! I really am enjoying the Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook too but wasn’t sure about that one!

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