Hangry: Feeding the Runner
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you were outside at some point enjoying this spectacular weekend! It really was one of those perfect summer weekends full of long runs and bike rides, campfires, long afternoon swims, sun kissed foreheads and the annual gem in Southwestern Ontario called the Amish Auction.
But seriously. Let’s talk snacks.
It is a certainty that the next time you see me I am hungry. Probably even if I just ate. Running, biking, swimming and whatever-elseing for a few hours each day leaves me with the certain ability to outeat most teenage boys. Which is fine, but snacks have become a necessity.
My first serious training regime for a race was in 2010 and I aced the running bit and bombed the nutrition piece. I would come in from a long run and eat everything in sight, more if it was sugary and/or processed.
Now, even though I have a taste for all things sweet, you will most likely find me in the pool post run with a protein shake in my hand.
So what are my favourite mid-day snacks to keep me from eating an entire pie/bag of chips/pizza before dinner?
My current favourite is greek yogurt with honey and granola.
Although, do keep an eye on the amount you consume. When I lived in England, my university was near a market and I would get fruit and nuts for lunch every day. I overdid it on the selenium in the Brazil Nuts and was very sick for a while. Just saying…have a bit more restraint than me.
I like smoothies made with almond milk and Vega powders. Extra push of greens, vitamins and minerals to keep you going till dinner.
Longtime favourite snack which is made of dried fruit and nuts. I love the peanut butter chocolate because, obviously, and the cashew cookie, pictured above.
I try to make sure there is a good mixture of protein and carbs which keeps me out of the hangry zone and allows me to be a semi-presentable human being.
What is your favourite snack?