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.
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!).
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?