Even if you are not running to loose weight, nutrition is very important to runners. I often will indulge in the occasional slice of pizza (this is New York!), buffalo wings, or whatever sugary dessert I can put my hands on, but I soon regret these choices before a scheduled run.
During my half marathon training, I have been mindful of what types of foods I am putting in my body. Runners need food as a form of fuel. If you are eating fried food, chances are you will feel sluggish. The last time I ate wings I continued to feel lethargic through the whole next day— making that night’s run very hard. I definitely learned my lesson!
Cleaning up my act, meant cleaning up my diet. I made sure to stock my fridge with fresh fruits (and Almond milk) so that during times I don’t feel like cooking, I can make a protein smoothies to still get the nutrients my body needs (I add Herbalife to my shakes). Boneless, skinless chicken is always on my shopping list to grill and eat alongside roasted veggies like peppers, zucchini, and squash.
Last night I came home famished beyond belief, about to start preparing healthy chicken fajitas that I had the night before. I cooked enough brown rice to refrigerate for meals throughout the week, adding just a bit to two small tortillas. I heated up some prepared cubed some grilled chicken alongside green peppers and onions, placing it on top the rice. I drizzled a little bit of hot sauce, and voila!
Since I was so pleased with this easy-to-make meal, I went ahead about to heat up the leftovers, when my mom walked in ready to make a shrimp and scallop meal.
1 pound packaged bag of forzen shrimp
1 pound fresh scallops
1 organic tomato
1 large sweet yellow pepper
Brown rice (portion as desired) or pasta of choice (we used spaghetti)
My mouth watered when thinking about these sea creatures swimming their way into my stomach. She boiled pasta while cooking shrimp and scallops over the stove in a garlic and butter marinate in a saucepan. I let her work her magic, so sorry that I don’t have all the details and exact measurement. What I do know is she then put the cooked shrimp and scallops into a large bowl and threw in black olives and cubed tomatoes. She added some seasoning and Italian dressing and stirred together. She then poured this onto the pasta.
I decided to ditch the pasta and put a portion of the shrimps and scallops to the side for my plate. Instead, I went for a small portion of my brown rice and diced tomatoes and sweet yellow peppers as my fruit/veggie side.
It was such a light and satisfying meal! Although I decided to give my body the rest it needed instead of going for my run, as soon as I wiped my plate clean, I thought to myself how this was the perfect light and healthy pre-run meal.
Are you a seafood lover and have a recipe you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below! Are you tuning into Sharknado 2 tonight? Tweet me about it tonight @newschixOxO or @nylifesupply. I plan on laughing to the movie after my run tonight!