Fueling the Long Run with Meals on the Run

As a runner nutrition is always a big topic of conversation. Fueling before, during, after and in between is so important to how you train and perform. I don’t always get it right but when Runner’s World publishes cookbooks specific to our needs, well that’s a huge help! I had the pleasure of previewing Runner’s World new book “Meals on the Run” which was just released by Rodale Publishing and Runner’s World last week. 

*While I received a complimentary digital version for purposes of review, all opinions expressed and subsequent taste testing are my own. πŸ™‚ 

RW meals on the run marontherun.com

Meals on the Run contains 150 recipes that can all be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Quick, easy and energy packed? Sign me up! I’m not the biggest cook in the world. Not because I can’t – quite the opposite, I love cooking – but it’s hard as a single gal to cook for myself without creating waste and endless leftovers. I’m a healthy eater most of the time but do lean towards the same foods and meals over and over. As I perused the book I was excited about the amount of variety in each recipe. The book is divided into 9 chapters with a foreward by Kara Goucher:

  • Chapter 1 Breakfast 
  • Chapter 2 Smoothies and Juices
  • Chapter 3 Snacks and Sweets
  • Chapter 4 Salads 
  • Chapter 5 Soups and Stews 
  • Chapter 6 Pasta and Noodles 
  • Chapter 7 Vegetarian Mains and Sides 
  • Chapter 8 Seafood Mains 
  • Chapter 9 Meat and Poultry Mains 

It starts by giving you a list of staple ingredients runners should keep stocked in their kitchen and follows with a Runner’s Guide to PRERUN, MIDRUN, and POSTRUN FUEL listing various recipes (and what page to find them) specific to these areas. Since I had 10 miles on tap this past weekend I picked out a few recipes to try in preparation for my run!

The Night Before: Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce Soba Noodles Peanut Sauce marontherun.com

I accidentally overcooked my noodles but overall this was a lovely meal! I added chicken to the dish when I had the leftovers.  

Soba Noodles w/Peanut Suace
Makes 4 servings, total time 20 minutes
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  1. 1 package (8 ounces) buckwheat soba noodles
  2. 1 cup (3 ounces) snow peas, halved
  3. 1⁄ 4 cup unsweetened smooth peanut butter
  4. 1⁄ 4 cup apple cider vinegar
  5. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  6. 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  7. 1 clove garlic
  8. 3⁄ 4 teaspoon ground ginger
  9. 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  10. 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. When the water boils, add the soba noodles. Cook according to the package directions, adding the snow peas during the last minute of cooking.
  2. While the noodles cook, in a food processor, combine the peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger and process for 30 seconds, or until smooth.
  3. When the noodles are done, drain them along with the peas in a colander and rinse them well under cool water until the water runs clear. Drain well again and return the noodles and peas to the pot. Add the sauce and scallions to the noodles and toss well to coat. Serve garnished with the sesame seeds.
Adapted from Runner's World Meals on the Run
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 Pre-run Breakfast: Baked Granola ApplesBaked Granola Apples marontherun.com

There are no words for this. It was SO delicious, simple and easy. I ate about an hour before heading out for my 10 miler Saturday and I felt amazing! I made this again on Sunday it was so good. I’ll be making this one a lot! 

"Baked" Granola Apples
Makes 4 servings, total time 10 minutes
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  1. 2 large crisp apples, such as Gala, halved and cored
  2. 2 tablespoons chopped dried tart cherries
  3. 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  4. 1⁄ 4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1⁄ 8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  6. 4 teaspoons butter 1⁄ 2 cup granola, such as Almond-Cherry Granola
  1. In a microwavable dish, arrange the apple halves cut side up. Top each apple half evenly with the tart cherries and brown sugar. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Dot evenly with the butter. Cover the apples with a microwavable dome lid. Microwave on high for about 4 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
  2. Transfer the apples to serving bowls and sprinkle each apple half evenly with the granola. Drizzle any juices remaining in the cooking dish over the top.
Adapted from Runner's World Meals on the Run
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Midrun: Chocolate Chip Trail Mix BitesChocoChipTrailMixBites marontherun.com

I made a few substitutions on this recipe. First, creamy peanut butter (Whole Foods 365 version, no sugar added) instead of almond butter and I opted out of the dried tart cherries and almonds. I also forgot to roll them in wheat germ but no matter, these were simply delicious. 

Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Bites
Makes 24 bites, total time 15 minutes
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  1. 2 cup almond butter
  2. 1⁄ 3 cup agave syrup or honey
  3. 1 1⁄ 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  4. 1⁄ 4 cup pumpkin seeds
  5. 1⁄ 4 cup dark chocolate mini chips
  6. 1⁄ 4 cup chopped dried tart cherries
  7. 1⁄ 4 cup sliced almonds
  8. 1⁄ 2 cup toasted wheat germ
  1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on low speed, mix together the almond butter and agave syrup for 2 minutes, or until smooth and well combined. With the mixer still on low, gradually add the oats until well combined, followed by the pumpkin seeds. Add the chocolate chips, cherries, and almonds. Mix for about 1 minute on low, or until just combined. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. For each ball, use a tablespoon to take a heaping scoop of the mixture and, with your hands, gently roll into a ball. Roll in the wheat germ and set on the baking sheet lined with wax paper. You can eat the trail mix balls immediately, or transfer any uneaten ones (still on the baking sheet) to the refrigerator for 2 hours, or until set. Transfer the chilled balls to a plastic freezer bag and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Adapted from Runner's World Meals on the Run
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Post run: Steak & Pepper Rice Bowl Steak&Pepper Rice Bowl marontherun.com

I actually grilled my steak instead of broiling (personal preference and medium well!) and due to my avocado allergy used green chiles in the sauce instead for an extra kick; but this was one of my personal favorites!! SO YUM!

Steak & Pepper Rice Bowl
Makes 4 servings, total time 30 minutes
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  1. Rice Bowl
  2. 2 cups 10-minute brown rice
  3. 1 pound top sirloin steak, 3⁄ 4 inch thick, trimmed of visible fat
  4. 1⁄ 4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1⁄ 4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  6. 3 teaspoons canola oil
  7. 2 red bell peppers, sliced
  8. 2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
  9. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  10. Sauce
  11. 1⁄ 2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  12. Juice of 1⁄ 2 lime
  13. 1⁄ 2 avocado
  14. 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  15. 1⁄ 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  16. 1⁄ 4 teaspoon chili powder
  17. 1⁄ 4 teaspoon salt
  18. 1⁄ 4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Position an oven rack 4 inches from the heat and preheat the broiler to high.
  2. For the rice bowl: Cook the brown rice according to the package directions. Meanwhile, season the steak on both sides with the salt and pepper, then rub with 1 teaspoon of the oil. Place the steak on a broiler proof pan and cook about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through with tongs, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 125Β°F for medium-rare.
  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a blender, combine the sour cream, lime juice, avocado, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. When the steak is done, let it rest for 5 minutes (it will finish cooking while it rests), then thinly slice. While the steak rests, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown. Add the corn and cook until slightly charred and heated through, about 1 minute longer. Divide the cooked rice among 4 bowls. Top each with an even portion of steak and the bell pepper mixture. Drizzle with the sauce and top with the cilantro.
Adapted from Runner's World Meals on the Run
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All in all I found a lot of goodness in these meals and am looking forward to trying more!! Meals on the Run retails for $26.99. It’s the perfect compliment and follow up to the Runner World’s Cookbook I purchased over a year ago. I must say, many THANKS, Runner’s World!! 

Do you have a favorite pre or post long run meal? How often do you try new recipes? 

34 Comments on Fueling the Long Run with Meals on the Run

  1. I’ll definitely have to try some of these recipes! I’m always looking for more healthy choices!
    Michelle recently posted…Prairie State 2015 half marathon race recap!My Profile

  2. Obviously I love to try new recipes. πŸ™‚

    Favorite pre long run/race meals: either potato pierogis or sushi (I actually brought cooked pierogis with me to reheat the night before my race — and am glad I did).

    And sushi after a long run/race, too, please (although not this one sadly).
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…Green Mountain Half Marathon Race Recap 10/11/15My Profile

  3. i cant wait to read this book-so many of the recipes look so yummy!

  4. Ooooh these sound yummy! I love trying new recipes so I might need to check this book out!
    Kristen recently posted…Whole Life Challenge: Week 3 RecapMy Profile

  5. Wow, this cookbook looks great! I’m all about quick, tasty, homemade meals. I love that Runners World is doing these cookbooks. I’m looking forward to seeing more recipes, but I may have to buy this one.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Chicago Marathon Race Recap: No Giving UpMy Profile

  6. I have their first cookbook but haven’t seen this one yet. I do a very similar soba noodles dish yum love those. Nice review!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Zengo Cycle- A sweaty good rideMy Profile

  7. Great recipes. I try new recipes all the time now since Pinterest came along. Great post.
    Ivanna recently posted…Mighty Nut Peanut Butter Oat & Chocolate Energy Ball RecipeMy Profile

  8. I have the first RW cookbook and love it! This looks like another good one. I’ll have to check it out.
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Recovery – Week 1 Done!My Profile

  9. YUM YUM YUM! I love trying new recipes….I will definitely have to check these out!
    Maureen recently posted…5 Recipes That Use Butternut SquashMy Profile

  10. I don’t try new recipes near enough, actually my husband is way better at this that I am! Course I do love it when a man cooks! These sound so yummy! Thanks!
    Tricia@MissSippipiddlin recently posted…Adjusting to Morning WorkoutsMy Profile

  11. I love this because I’m always in need of ideas especially being so busy. I bet the Soba Noodles with Peanut sauce is divine! C
    Artney @ My Pretty Brown Fit recently posted…Super Stuffed Veggie Tacos + Giveaway!My Profile

  12. This book sounds great! I am really thinking about getting more into using cookbooks, and really cooking more in general!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Goals for Tough Mudder PhillyMy Profile

  13. Gosh, you’ve been busy in the kitchen! I can’t wait to try some of these recipes.
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  14. I am in the middle of reviewing this book too! So many awesome recipes! Do you have their other cookbook? I love that one too!
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    • I just made a sweet potato thing tonight and am just so excited to cook! That never happens πŸ™‚ I have the Runner’s World cookbook and I love it. It’s on my kindle so I keep forgetting about it.

  15. Looks like an awesome cookbook!
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  16. I like how they consolidated the recipes and that they have a common theme – can be made in less than 30 minutes. The steak and peppers rice bowl looks REALLY GOOD. I’m on a beef kick lately.
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  17. I have to try these recipes! They look soon good!
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  18. Wow! These look great, I can’t believe they can be made in 30 minutes. That apple dish looks great as a pre or post work out and I love soba noodles so I’d love to make those. Thanks for sharing.
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  19. Looks like a great cookbook! I will have to check it out!
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  20. The lunch we are having while I am at the Runners World festival will be all recipes from this book. I can’t wait to try them (and I’m hoping we get sent home with a copy of the book!)
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  21. I think I am really hungry right now, because I want to reach through the screen and eat everything!! YUM! The baked apple granola for breakfast looks so awesome.
    I am all over the trail mix bites – so perfect during a long run!
    I will need to put this cookbook on my list.
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