I've been running for a couple of years now and have been incorporating healthy eating to lose a little bit of wait. However, I find it more exhausting to actually find a meal to eat, whether it is to replenish my body from my run, or just choose the right meals for the rest of the day. A lot of websties list meals that either take too long to make, or include ingredients that I don't have. Does anyone have suggestions on how to take the pressure off of finding just the right meal or snack? I want to know what I am looking for when I go to eat. Thanks!
I've found that tuna fish wraps/sandwiches are quick to make and provide a nice boost of energy. I also pre make burritos with egg, turkey sausage, peppers, and cheese. I wrap them in cling-wrap, throw them in the freezer, and toss them in the microwave when I'm ready to eat.
I can also completely relate to this. It's sometimes hard to find the time to prepare a healthly meal when we are working full time, taking care of a kid, and trying to get our weekly mileage in during any spare moment we have. I tend to eat an egg and cheese burrito as my morning meal to help get my protien and have something substancial. I think that a sandwhich or sub can also be a good option when you are in a pinch. Try not to worry about it too much though. Sometimes when we have a big race we are training for or coming up with innately change our eating habits without even knowing so. (AKA the meal you eat the night before a marathon or the morning of).
I'm completely embraced the mason jar salads. I'm not one to usually follow trends but there is something about stacking a salad in a mason jar that keeps it easy to pack, store and carry on my commute to work. You can make a batch of them on Sunday and then it's just grab n' go during the week. I'm a big snacker as well, as a matter of fact I just bought a food dehydrador so I can make banana & apple chips, my own potato chips, jerky, fruit leather. I'm a strong advocate for allowing yourself to eat as much as you want as long as it's healthy and good. Go to town on carrots & hummus, bananas, yogurt, I love hard-boiled eggs. Carve out time for food prep on the weekends so it'll be ready... mason jar salads, hard-boiled eggs will keep for a few days. My go to meal is baked salmon & cut squash (zucchini & summer squash) with some lemon, seasoning and garlic in parchment paper. Just throw it in the oven and voila, in less than 30 min you have a delicious meal. There are sooooo many options (I personally love the recipes on Martha Stewart, they are usually quick and easy). But seriously, give the mason jar thing a try!
I love the Runner's World cookbook! It's easy to spend a little time on the weekend or evenings cooking a meal or 2, putting it in the 'fridge, and it's there for you, ready to warm up, whenevern you're ready for a meal.