“There are no stupid questions because stupid people don’t ask questions”
Every year, I like to do a series on the blog. Old readers might remember My Favorite Things series; most recently, I interviewed a bunch of supercool fit people like Running with Ollie’s Lea Genders and Olympian Carrie Tollefson.
A few years after I started running and working out, I began to notice people would come to me with their fitness questions. Since I launched the blog, the questions have continued and grown. So I decided, why not use this as my next feature on the blog.
I’ve been compiling some of the most common questions I’ve been asked throughout the years and will be answering them with a regular, dedicated blog.
If you have a general question about getting into running, eating well, lifting, balancing stress, any of it, leave it in the comments or tweet me @runlikeagirl311.
To start things off, one of my favorite questions – and topics: Food.
Q: What Do You Eat?
A: I don’t often have people ask me what they should eat – but I frequently get asked what do I eat. I would guess it’s more general curiosity because I’m a vegetarian. But I like to think I have a pretty good balance of eating for health, performance, and enjoyment.
Here are my key players for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Hopefully it gives you some new ideas, and feel free to check out the Yum, Food page on this site for recipes and more idea.
During the week, my go-to is oatmeal with half a sliced banana. On higher protein days, I’ll go oatmeal with a scoop of Sprout Living pumpkin seed protein.
Pre-long run or before a Sunday workout, I up my breakfast game a bit and go with either whole grain toast or waffles topped with peanut butter and either banana or berries. It’s amazing.
In addition to smaller portions of select dinner leftovers, a few of my favorites:
Veggie flax wrap. Filled up with goodies like avocado, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, and spinach.
Soup. Ideally, homemade with added veggies and tofu. Otherwise, I’ll opt for light or low-sodium veggie varieties from Progresso.
Subway flatbread with egg white, cheese, and lots of veggies. Sometimes you need to grab fast food for lunch and a healthy, protein packed option is crucial.
Depending on whether I’m training for a big race, lifting a lot, or just a typical week, my dinner choices vary but there are some staples.
Zucchini and pasta. To amp up a tasty dinner without going overboard on the pasta, I usually mix one cup of pasta or spinach ravioli with zucchini noodles. As always, I’ll add a bunch of veggies to the mix – spinach, kale, artichokes, and tomatoes among my favorites.
Burritos. Sometimes with a black bean burger and veggies. Sometimes with egg whites, black beans, and quinoa brown rice. Sometimes other stuff mixed in, sometimes larger flour burrito wraps, sometimes smaller corn tortillas.
Breakfast – at least a few times a week, I eat breakfast for dinner. Usually it’s a scramble of one egg and Muscle Egg, then a side like a sweet potato, Birdseye protein veggie blend, or my weekend breakfast waffles.
Because a little in-between meal noshing is necessary.
Quality protein bars. Note the “quality” part of this one. There are tons of protein bars but, for me, I eat them to get more protein in my diet and satisfy candy cravings so I opt for two that give me the most protein bang for the buck – Quest and Pure Protein.
Cereal – love it but rarely eat it for breakfast. Usually, it makes for a nice snack. Multi-grain Cheerios, Special K, and Rice Chex are a few of my favorites.
Finally, Cheez-Its. Yep, gotta have some junk food from time to time. When it comes to indulging in my junk food treats, I try to follow the same policy as I do with holiday treats – love, not like. I give myself flex to eat the ones I love, then skip the stuff I only like. And Cheez-Its tops that list.
I eat plenty more treats than Cheez-Its. Ice cream, baked Cheetos, Reese’s Cups, Honey Bunches of Oats – I’ll occasionally have these and more. But I try to keep them to a non-regular basis.
Yum, food. I love food. That was fun.
Don’t forget to leave a comment or ask a question of your own to be answered in an upcoming blog!