Runner-friendly recipe: Squashalicious pita

Before all the monkey business with my wrist started, I was on a quest to find more runner-friendly recipes—those nutritional power-house meals that taste delicious and sit easy in the stomach for upcoming workouts. I’m revisiting that goal now, and trying a new regular feature sharing whichever of these recipes, with an added twist: They’ll also involve whatever goodies I get in my weekly CSA (community supported agriculture) share from Norman’s Farm Market.

Last week's CSA included lots of squash—perfect pre-race fuel!

The first week’s edition isn’t a recipe so much as my new go-to lunch before an evening run. I enjoyed one of these tasty little pitas before the Clifton Caboose 5K last Saturday, and found it was enough to fill me up for the afternoon without sitting like a rock in my stomach come race-time.

I started by cutting a few summer squashes into chunks, sprinkling them with sea salt, pepper and garlic powder, and cooking them in a grill pan …

… until they were criss-crossed with grill marks …

… then, stuffed them into a toasted, whole-wheat pita. Suggested additions: red pepper strips (totally not in season; sorry, Michael Pollan!), tomato paste (thanks for the idea, Angela at Oh She Glows!).

My pita was so delicious, I couldn't resist taking a few bites as soon as it was ready!

Unnecessary disclaimer: I’m not a nutritionist or a chef or anything; just a home cook and middle-of-the-pack runner with a finicky stomach.

Another unnecessary disclaimer: I admittedly don’t have the whole stomach-friendly thing down just yet, as illustrated by my ill-fated decision to snack on almonds and cashews at 5:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon, leading to a puketastic 7 p.m. group run.

Which runner’s-stomach-friendly foods and recipes are you relying on right now?


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9 responses to “Runner-friendly recipe: Squashalicious pita

  1. Joe

    Looks awesome. Maybe too much fiber for me the night before a run but man do I love squash.

  2. oooh, your poor tummy! this is weird, but I chew some kind of mint gum when I run, which seems to soothe my tummy – I used to have a lot of problems, and they’ve been resolved by some combo of the mint and a much better diet. probably the diet, but, you never know! 🙂

    • Interesting … is it regular, mint-flavored gum, or some special gum that actually contains mint? I tried peppermint capsules at one point (tummy issues=long, ongoing problem for which I’ve seen doctors and seemingly tried everything), and while they didn’t really seem to help, I get the idea behind them ….

  3. Christy

    Have you tried chia seeds? I can definitely tell a difference when I incorporate them regularly into my diet. Plus, they’re supposed to give you more endurance!

    • I’ve been curious about chia seeds in general, but hadn’t thought about them for a stomach-soother. How do you use them? Do you eat them pre-run, or just regularly throughout the day?

      • Christy

        Check out this website –

        You’ll also find some information if you google “chia for ibs” or “chia for stomach issues”.

        I try to get 1 scoop per day either in a smoothie or in my oatmeal or cereal. When I am consistent with that, I notice things are way more “regular”. 🙂

        Good luck!

  4. Liz

    I pretty much avoid dairy when I’m training because it upsets my stomach. Otherwise, whole grain carbs and nut butters are my favorite fuel

  5. Alexis

    That sounds delicious! Not this this a stomach friendly recommendation, but I’m gonna try making pizza crust from riced cauliflower…have you ever heard of that?

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