Easy To Make Paleo Running Food
Photo: Miriam Diaz-Gilbert
Clockwise: leftover chicken wrapped in romaine lettuce from our garden; homemade Paleo bread;
hamburger covered in mushrooms and onions tucked in romaine and kale from our garden;
egg, ham, and spinach sandwich made with homemade Paleo bread.
My husband and I began eating Paleo about five years ago after I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I was prescribed Methotrexate and Plaquenil and got no relief. I stopped the meds, began eating Paleo, and my rheumatoid factor went back to normal. I have been RA free ever since!
What I love about the Paleo diet is that it includes fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish, foods we already eat. The biggest change we made for the better was emptying our cupboards and refrigerator, and eliminating processed foods: flour, corn flour, sugar, wheat, bread, cereals, pasta, rice, beans, dairy, milk, peanut butter, and vegetable oil. We traded these processed and inflammation causing foods for almond butter, almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, coconut oil, almond milk, coconut sugar, and lard. We kept the olive oil which is a Paleo food.
We test, experiment with, and adapt online Paleo recipes to create our own dishes. I use Paleo ingredients to create healthy running foods before and after training runs.
These are a few of the tasty and healthy Paleo running foods I enjoy making and eating before and/or after a training run: smoothies, omelettes, salads, sandwiches, and refreshing drinks.
These ingredients make for a great smoothie and one of my favorites: dark chocolate almond milk, avocado, banana, blueberries, beets, coconut milk, and coconut flakes.
An omelette made with kale from my garden, left over sweet potatoes, and mushrooms before the start of a training run keeps me going.
A salad made with sardines in olive oil, a hard boiled egg, and spinach and romaine from my garden or from the produce market is good fuel before and after a training run. And I love my concoction of a tad of dark chocolate almond milk, a tad of coconut milk, and ice cold seltzer.
Leftover chicken, bacon, hard boiled egg, and avocado in a bed of romaine and spinach makes a healthy and delicious salad.
One of my favorite sandwiches is leftover ham, avocado, and romaine lettuce tucked between two slices of homemade Paleo bread.
Another one of my favorite sandwiches is made with leftover roast pork, avocado that is made into a spread, romaine, and asparagus.
Leftover pizza made with Paleo pizza crust, mushrooms, sausage, chicken, and spinach is so good after a long training run.
A favorite Paleo food that I enjoy before and after a training run, and for snacking is almond butter and melted dark chocolate chips spread on a slice of toasted Paleo bread. Sometimes I add banana slices. We had tons of strawberries this year and the homemade strawberry jam on almond butter is also delicious.
Which of these delicious and healthy Paleo foods do you want to make, include in your running fuel, and enjoy? Use your imagination and create your own Paleo running food.
Click to watch Nutrition Before and After a Training Run.
Click Paleo Pizza Crust for the pizza crust recipe.
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