Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WIAW : Running on Whole30 Edition

I've been meaning to do a What I Ate Wednesday post during my Whole30 to show you all what I eat in a day.  I've been getting a lot of questions about what all you can eat and if the food is actually good (a lot, and YES).  What better way to give you a closer look at the program than a peak into what I had to eat for an entire day?

The day that I'm sharing is from Sunday, when I did my long run of 13 miles.  Here's what I had!

Breakfast :

Sauteed spinach and hash browns
2 poached eggs
Banana with almond butter and unsweetened coconut flakes
Coffee


Before going for a run, I never used to have any breakfast.  Everything seemed to upset my stomach, so I would usually grab a piece of fruit before heading out.  In fact, before my half marathon PR, all I had was an apple and a few bites of a honey stinger waffle so I wouldn't get cramps!  After some experimentation, I've found some foods that don't upset my stomach and keep me energetic and fueled the entire run.  This is a typical breakfast for me now and it's perfect!


Running Fuel :

3 dates, chopped into small pieces
Unsweetened apple sauce
Coconut Water


It's about a half hour drive to the park where I went running, so on the way I had a pouch of unsweetened apple sauce.  Even though these are marketed for little kids, I love them!  They're easy to grab and eat on the go, and they taste really good.

During my run, I had a piece of date each mile.  Cutting them in smaller pieces helped me digest them a lot easier.  I also stopped for water at mile 7 when I passed my car, and had some coconut water after I finished. 


Lunch : 

Kale salad with shredded chicken
Tart Cherry Juice


I'm never hungry after runs, so after I got home I took a shower first, then made myself eat something.  I had a leftover kale salad from dinner the night before, and added in some chicken drumsticks.  I just pulled off all the meat and cut it in small pieces, then added it to the salad.  It was really good! I also had a glass of tart cherry juice, which helps reduce muscle soreness. 


Snack : 

Energy Bites
Turmeric Tea 


I was hungry a few hours later, so I snacked on some of the homemade Lara Bar bites that I made.  I also met up with Alexa for some tea at Big Dog Coffee in the South Side.  We both had a turmeric tea which is delicious and perfect for a chilly winter day.  I loved the vibe of the coffee shop and would definitely go back there again! 


Dinner : 

Taco Soup
Blood Orange Paloma


For dinner, I made Margaret's Crock Pot Taco Soup.  I had it simmering all day long, so it tasted amazing, and was super easy to make!  I loved how chunky the soup was, and it really filled me up and kept me warm.  This recipe is definitely a keeper- even Dan liked it!  With dinner, I made a blood orange Paloma (juice of one blood orange, lime juice, and sparkling water) which was refreshing and delicious, and watched some football.


Snack : 

Dates with Sunflower Seed Butter

Dan had a hockey game late at night, so I made a quick snack before we left.  I was preparing some sunshine sauce for the following week, and used some leftover sunflower seed butter and dates for a snack.  It was really good and had a different taste and texture than the almond butter that I usually use!


What are some snacks you've been enjoying lately?
Who else loves crock pot meals?
What do you usually use to fuel long runs? 

46 comments:

  1. This looks a lot like what I eat (running or not!). Snacks lately have been apples and almond butter and almond butter stuffed dates. So, basically all the almond butter.

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    1. Yesss love almond butter! I never really tried it (or dates) until the Whole30! Where have I been?! I also love the other types of nut butters out there. I was never a huge fan of peanut butter, so this is opening up my world!

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  2. I LOVE that sunshine sauce! It's so addicting. I ate those squeeze pouches in my last whole30 I like them a lot and need to bring them back. I'm so happy you liked the recipe!

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    1. The soup gets better and better every day :) I feel like when I'm checking out with those squeeze pouches they're looking around for my kids or something! Nope, just love that baby food ;)

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  3. i need to get into eating more dates! just one of those foods i never really considered before but i could totally use it.

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    1. Yess!! I'm so glad that I started eating them :) Now I'm hooked!

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  4. It looks like running on Whole30 is not too hard! :)) My favorite snacks are APPLES and peanut butter! :))

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    1. Takes some work and a few tough days, but now I'm loving it and it's definitely getting easier!

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  5. I need some taco soup, and I love Big Dog! Such a great coffee shop1

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    1. Why am I not surprised that you went to Big Dog before me?! She doesn't even go here!

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  6. That taco soup looks amazing, as well as your other meals!

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  7. These posts are so fascinating! Please tell me you had some kind of oil & vinegar dressing on your kale salad. Or did you eat it plain??
    Gina ||On the Daily Express

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    1. I might have to post my recipe on that because it's so easy and delicious! I massage the kale with some olive oil to soften it and make it a bit better tasting, then I put on some vinegar, salt and pepper. It also had some apples, hazelnuts and blood orange slices so it wasn't just plain kale!

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  8. Oooh that soup looks so tasty! I need to finally try taco soup, but everytime I go to do it, I either cave and make chicken noodle or just get too lazy.

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    1. It's SO great! And its really easy to make too :)

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  9. What a healthy day! I'll have to try the dates for energy-- great idea!

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  10. Never been to Big Dog, but I love the Beehive on Carson, they make alcoholic coffee drinks which are a fun weekend alternative.

    I usually use Gu for my long runs. But since I am only running a half this spring, which will make my longest runs 12 miles or so I won't use any fuel during my runs, just plain ol' water.

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    1. I love Beehive as well! And the Beerhive in the strip. So good.

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  11. I've been going for a banana pre-run but am going to test out that applesauce trick!

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    1. Bananas are great too! I just don't like eating them when I'm driving..a bit messier and the smelly peel :(

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  12. Donuts! No seriously. They're the best fuel if I eat them about 2 hours before I run. The best run I've ever had was after I ate a filet o fish. I know I shouldn't be saying all this here as I'm setting a bad example. HA! Sorry.

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    1. Back when I ran cross country and we had invitationals around the state, we would always stop at krispy kreme on the way up! It was a great way to get some fast carbs and sugars. Not sure if I could handle it now!

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  13. I love turmeric tea- glad to see someone else can stomach it as well!

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  14. I've been wanting to try Margaret's taco soup for awhile! I am a huge fan of crockpot meals, they're so easy and usually always delicious. My boyfriend and I have a deal that whoever cooks, the other one does dishes that night. I always feel a little guilty when he does dishes after eating a crockpot meal because I barely feel like I cooked :) Haha.

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    1. You have to try it! It's amazing. I wish Dan and I had that deal..I cook AND usually do the dishes every night!

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  15. Everything looks great Gretchen. I was actually wondering how whole30 might affect your running but it sounds like it's really working well for you.

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    1. So far it is! Not sure if it will be enough when I get up to 18+ miles running but we'll see :)

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  16. i love to see what other people eat, so thanks for sharing! and dates while running, that is brilliant! might have to try that as i know they are super good for you.

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  17. Mm looks like a good day of eats! I haven't added coconut to my PB and banana yet...great idea!

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    1. You should try it and let me know what you think!

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  18. I like using spinach in recipes but can't say i'm a huge fan of Kale yet! -M

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  19. I'm glad you've found a pre-run meal that works! Bananas are my favorite pre-run snack and then before long runs I add some whole grain toast with honey. And yum, does that soup look good!

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  20. I'm sorry if you covered this already, and I just totally missed it... but are you hungry the next day? especially after a long run? I read what you eat, and I think I got hungry just reading it... but I'm always hungry, so please think nothing of my comment.

    Do you get the "Runger" after long runs? I feel that the two days after running more than 8 miles, I could eat everything in my path!

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    1. Not really! I find that when I start a training plan I am really hungry at first, but it levels off by week 2 or 3. I didn't find myself eating more than usual the day after this!

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  21. I love those WIAWs...your breakfast looks DELICIOUS! I never thought of sprinkling coconut on bananas before; I'm trying it ASAP :)

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    1. Thanks Alexa! Hope you like it if you end up trying it :)

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  22. Roasted butternut squash is THE BEST snack EVER ;)

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