As an avid runner, I am hungry ALL. THE. TIME.
These hunger pains seem to come with the territory of working out. Whether you are trying to lose weight, stay healthy or happen to accidentally go run around the park for an hour with your dog, activity helps burn calories and MAKE YOU HUNGRY!
I have been experimenting with what I can eat after my runs that will fill me up with protein, not a lot of calories and taste oh-so-yummy. Here’s my 3 go-to options that I found make me feel satisfied and not left midnight ravaging the pantry!
Omelette for One
The key to this recipe is my mini one-egg skillet! I got mine at Target or this one from West Elm is adorable and will be my next purchase.
This recipe is one of my favorites for when I’m craving something savory. It’s also a great snack that you can pre-make and take to work with you or throw everything in a tortilla on a few spinach leaves and you’ve got yourself an on-the-go snack to eat later that will fill you up better than that handful of chips or crackers.
*A tip on saving your avocado for days is to keep the seed in with the leftover pieces you are saving for use later. It helps keep the avocado from browning.
-3 pieces of deli turkey
-1/4 of a whole avocado
Fresh-Fruit Smoothie with Greek Yogurt
Like my omelette, I found that the key here is a great blender. I had to get a new one and decided on this Black & Decker version. It has worked SO well. I throw everything in it, push the button and go. None of the shaking, sticking a spoon in to move things around, shoving the ice to the bottom maneuvering I was doing with the old one.
Anyway, enough ranting about my blender. To make the smoothies I go for whatever Greek yogurt is on sale at the store. There’s usually a deal going on with one of the many 100-calorie Greek yogurt brands. Sometimes, I throw in whatever fresh herb I have around to jazz it up. Basil, mango and Yoplait’s Tropical Fruit Greek yogurt has been a combination I’ve recently been obsessed with.
-1/4 cup frozen Trader Joe’s mango chunks
-1/4 cup frozen Trader Joe’s mixed berries
-1 container of 100- calorie Greek yogurt
– ½ cup of ice cubes
– ¼ cup water
The Classic Filler-Upper: Oatmeal
If you’re on a workout bender and are finding your stomach growling like a rabid dog in your mid-morning meetings, may I suggest BetterOats Instant Oatmeal. Made with 100% whole grain oats and real pieces of fruit, this is an oatmeal I can get behind. Some of the other pre-packaged oatmeals are sugary piles of oats. I love their Blueberry Muffin flavor with a cut up banana. It fills me up and is quick to prepare. Especially great if you are doing morning workouts.
Any of you have some more recipe ideas? I would love to hear them. Please share with me: firstname.lastname@example.org