One of my coach’s favorite things to tell me is—> Junk in = junk out. He constantly reminds me that if I am eating junk, then my workouts are going to suffer and feel like junk. On the other hand, I can choose to eat fuel that will help me on my runs and reap the benefits. One of those benefits being hitting my paces and having some great feeling runs.
Blue Apron helps me to enjoy balanced meals full of fresh ingredients that will help me to get the workouts in that will strengthen me to reach my racing goals. The best part is that they deliver all of the ingredients right to my doorstep (in the right proportions and in a refrigerated box so the ingredients stay fresh).
We choose to do the 2-Person Plan but you can also choose the Family Plan (perfect for feeding a family of four)!
Each meal has about 500-700 calories per person and lists the exact calorie counts on the bottom of each recipe which I think can really help a runner to meal plan. Knowing that the ingredients you are working with are all fresh and sourced from quality suppliers and artisans, along with the nutritional facts, makes it easier for us to meal plan.
The Seared Cod & Fregola Sarda with Braised Summer Vegetables nailed it. I LOVED trying a new type of carb (Fregola Sarda Pasta) and the cod was so flaky and perfect.
The below ingredients fueled me the night before my last 18 miler.
I love Blue Apron because their meals get us excited to cook at home together. Brooke always loves to be involved with the cooking process and I feel a lot better about fueling her little body with the farm-fresh ingredients that they send to us!
Rigatoni Puttanesca. The sauce on this dish was the bomb and so were those tomatoes. The rigatoni gave me the glycogen needed for an awesome run the next morning. Brooke loved this one too.. she could live off of noodles!
Night before a long run routine—> eat a killer dinner, lay out all of my gear, compose a playlist for my run the next morning and get into bed at about the same time that my toddler goes to bed.
The final dish that we made from this most recent delivery was Tandoori-Spiced Chicken with Green Lentils, Heirloom Eggplant & Cucumber-Mint Yogurt. This dish was unlike anything I have made before… I have never made an Indian dish and I can’t remember the last time I even ate lentils!
The finished plate of goodness. I loved the yogurt sauce and the taste of this dish. Yet another dish full of good proteins, fats (olive oil and greek yogurt) and carbs! They make it easy for me to have balanced dinners (I had the second portion for lunch the next day) that fuel my next workout.
Other recipes that I am dying to try (they have a huge selection of recipes to choose from and they are always adding new dishes to their menu every week):
Fresh Lemon Linguine w/ Summer Vegetable Sauce and Seasoned Ricotta (perfect for the night before a long run!!)
Seared Steaks with Romesco Sauce & Roasted Potatoes (RUNNERS NEED IRON and potatoes—> my favorite form of carb)
Cod and Summer Squash Ratatouille with Roasted Potatoes (Omega-3 fatty acids, veggie stew and more potatoes.. another great way to fuel our training)
Eggplant French Bread pizzas with Fresh Mozzarella & Summer Bean Salad (because any form of pizza is a yes in my book)
Blue Apron ships to most of the country so try ‘em out. There is no commitment, you can skip or cancel the service at any time and shipping is ALWAYS free.
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Are you big into making meal plans? Do you do them weekly? How do you meal plan?
How do you balance running and your nutrition? Is it something you pay close attention to or do you go based off of what sounds good etc?
Have any special dietary needs… allergic to anything? What about the people you cook for?