6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Feed me Friday

If you have read Tall Mom for more than a minute you know that I am not a Foodie. I LOVE to EAT don't get me wrong, but I lack the essentials of menus planning, ideas and ummm I cant cook :) (strike that, I have no interest in learning to cook).

This post has 1 purpose to...
Please leave comments with suggestions for HEALTHY options that keep you energized and ready to RUN, Recipes, links, ideas, and your favorites for..

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert
  • Nighttime HUNGER
  • Pre-Run
  • Post-Run
  • Other??
To give you some incentive.... The BEST idea/comment to FEED ME will get a tube of Nuun your choice from my stash and an additional entry into my Team Sparkle Giveaway HERE.


Sarah G. said...

I highly recommend Mama Pea's book and her website: www.peasandthankyou.com
Everything is healthy, easy and kid friendly - tested by my 2 and 4 year old picky eaters. I often pull up her website at dinnertime, pop a recipe up on Ipad and make some dinner. Super easy!

Elizabeth said...

I love me some food, too! Not sure about healthy dinner options - we made Indian food the other night and our Indian friend kept saying, "It's all about the buttttttter." Lol. As for nighttime hunger, a small bowl of cereal usually does the trick for me! And a healthy dessert option I like is called banana whip - you take ripe bananas, unpeel them, freeze them, and then you use your food processor to turn them into an ice cream consistency. You can also flavor it up by combining the bananas withe other frozen fruit - I've done half bananas/half cherries. You can add mix-ins, like chocolate chips, which I guess makes it kind of like going to a fro-yo shop. The sky's the limit! I'm interested to see what other people come up with! I'm always looking for creative, healthy options.

Kimberly said...

I live and die by doing things once a week so I don't have to do them during the week.

Breakfast: I've been making steel-cut oats in the slow cooker on Sunday nights and one batch lasts me nearly an entire week - just reheat them with milk. http://bit.ly/pDKuHl
Snacks: String cheese, fruit, 100-cal pack almonds. I buy bags of baby carrots and grapes, and package them in snack bags at the beginning of the week so I can grab and go for lunch.
Lunch: Taco salads: Salsa chicken (throw chicken breasts and salsa in slow cooker on Low for 8 hours), spanish rice (from box), tomatoes, cheese, guac and sour cream
Dinner: Barbecue Chicken Pasta http://bit.ly/nmErK7
Dessert: Sorbet
Nighttime hunger: 94% fat free popcorn with parmesan cheese on top.

Jamie said...

Ugh I'm not going to be any help with this, but I will steal other people's ideas!

My husband does all the cooking in our house haha.

We are trying to eat foods that are supposedly good for runners, such as peanut butter, almonds, multi-grain, oatmeal, etc.

Hopefully you get some good ideas!

Michelle said...

Hi Mel:

I am a pro at healthy food and choices. Losing 135 pounds has it kinda ingrained in me :) Here is a good day for some fun options!

Breakfast - steel cut oats. SO Yummy and different from regular oatmeal. I add sometimes cranraisins, nuts, and a tad brown sugar.

That or I make these ahead of time and freeze or have ready in fridge to take on go ...


Snacks - hummus and veggies, half whole grain english muffin with some almond/peanut butter, fruit with almond/pb, ham roll ups (deli meat with reduced fat cream cheese rolled (sometimes with a pickle)

Lunch - Go to is a salad with chicken or my fave is stirfry with as many veggies as I can find grilled with olive oil and chicken or turkey burger.

Dinner - YUMMY recipe for Spinach and Mozzerella stuffed Turkey Meatloaf .. serve with mashed sweet potatoes (so good for you) and a roasted veggie (in oven at 475 for about 20 minutes toss with olive oil and kosher salt) I love asparagus and brussel sprouts but brocolli roasted gives a whole new taste.


Dessert - Go to is Weight Watchers fudge bars or this cake is YUMMY and soooo easy .. only 2 ingredients and you can use any lite pie filling!


Nighttime HUNGER - POPCORN the healthy pop is best and perfectly portioned! That or pretzel thins are the best munchie.

Pre-Run - I have piece of "Daves Bread" with Peanut butter or oatmeal

Post-Run - Smoothie with protein powder or low fat chocolate milk

Other?? Email me if you want more ideas or to chat. I have hundreds of them and recipes would be happy to share :) GOOD LUCK!!!

Mary said...

I live and die by my crock pot. I try hard to come up with and make recipes that are healthy and not made in a cream of ____ soup. (some of those are good too sometimes but TONS of sodium)
My best is Crock pot Chicken.

I literally toss everything into the crockpot raw and frozen and go to work and come home to dinner. It is kinda a toss whatever you have into the crock pot recipe.

carrots, celery, onion, potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic or any other root veggie that you have in the house and your family eats. Chopped to bite size-ish.

Then bone in chicken breasts, I normally remove the skin and cut them in half (but not always) and stick them in the freezer. I normally eat half a breast and my husband eats more then half of one. And the mini me eats less then half. Place chicken on top of veggies. Chicken can be frozen or thawed. (The left over chicken is awesome in salads or in anything you need cooked chix for)

Pour wine/chix stock/apple juice/water (whatever you have) over chick and veggies. I would say I use about 1-1 1/2 cups. If I have a lemon I squeeze it and then toss it in too and remove it before eating

Season chicken breast and veggies by sprinkling salt, pepper and Italian Seasoning over the mix.

Put on low and walk away for at least 8 hours.

I put this on in the morning and go to work and it would cook for about 10 till I got home then when I got my new slow cooker with a "warm" setting I would turn it down when I got home from work until my husband got home.

Hope you like!

Unknown said...

my favortie breakfast is simple and easy - eggs in a boat.

Kerrie said...

My favorite breakfasts:

Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal
1/2 cup of oats in a bowl
Cut up one banana into the same bowl
3/4 cup of water
Microwave on high for 2 minutes and 30 seconds
Stir in 1 Tablespoon of natural peanut butter
Approx: 350 calories

Apple Pie Oatmeal
1/2 cup of oats in a bowl
Cut one apple into chunks into the bowl (skin can stay on)
3/4 cup of water
Microwave on high for 2 minutes and 30 seconds
The microwave/water steam the apple.
Stir in 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar.
Sprinkle on cinnamon.
2 Tablespoons of whipped cream (optional, +30 cals)
A Tablespoon of slivered almonds (optional, +40 cals)
Approx: 235 calories

I make these at work and at home.

Anonymous said...

Best breakfat- vanilla yogurt, mixed berries, and Bear Naked granola!

Snack- Sliced apple with peanut butter

Lunch- Love making a quick quesdilla with Boarshead Deli Buffalo Chicken and blue cheese with a side of salsa and guacamole.

Dinner- For easy dinners I love grilling- Salmon with a little lemon, EVOO, It's a Dilly Seasoning, and Mrs. Dash. With a side of steamed broccoli or sauteed spinach with garlic and a baked sweet potato. Also do shrimp of skewers with the same seasoning. Or my favorite easy grilled chicken- http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-chicken-with-rustic-mustard-cream-10000001896137/. This recipe is awesome and easy! I have made it for many friends and always get asked for the recipe. I also do Near East Cous Cous a lot as a side because it cooks in 5 minutes!

Desserts- I am not a dessert person, but if I ever need somethingt sweet my go-to is a small handful of chocolate chips :)

Late Night Snack- 100 calorie bag of popcorn. I am a little addicted and probably have this 4 or 5 nights a week!

Pre-run- I ususally just have a granola bar- whatever kind I have in the house. And a Gatorade

Post-run- I crave Publix Subs after a long run!

Marlene said...

Mmmmm food! I love to cook BUT I rarely make time for the planning/shopping/preparation that is required, so I keep things SIMPLE DIMPLE!

go-to breakfast - oatmeal (prepare a big batch in advance, heat up through the week) with add-ins like: chopped nuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, brown sugar, chia seeds, WHATEVER. This is sooo nice on a cold morning.

Snacks - hardboiled eggs, cheesestring, PB&J wraps (small tortillas), fruit, veggies with hummus... okay, none of that is cooking but that's what I eat!

Lunches - I usually just do a big salad and throw in whatever I have OR a wrap with hummus, veggies, cheese, mustard, etc.

Dinners - I eat sandwiches and/or salads 75% of the time. Seriously.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Protein + Carb with meals and snacks: PB + apple, Eggs & salsa with tortilla wrap, hummus & veggies, turkey & cheese, Oatmeal w/ almonds, sushi!!

Eliminate refined (white) carbs and opt for whole grains.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

As I recently posted, I often let meal time go to the very last minute so take my suggestions with a word of caution.

I do not believe in healthy/non-healthy food. If God gave it to us, it's good food. With that said my eating habits revolve a lot around "real" food. I seriously could live off of fresh fruits and veggies. Example: I will stir-fry veggies to give them a little "brown-ish" and keep them in a container for use throughout my week.

•Breakfast - I put them in eggs when I make up egg wraps/sandwichs to take to work.

•Snacks - Fruit. An apple with some cheese yummy! Try slicing an apple and putting a piece of cheese (maybe swiss) a small piece of leftover chicken and a tiny drip of Kens Italian Dressing with Ramono cheese dressing. The taste conbination is so awesome! this works for a light lunch too. I also love ice cream esp. during the warm months, freezing my yougart cups is also a nice sub.

•Lunch or Dinner - I love to use those same veggies heated up with left over chicken or fish in a lettuce wrap. Oh and I also put them on my salad to add a different texture.

•Dessert - As I believe everything in moderation (to avoid diet devastation!) anything goes. Not 12 donuts but one. Not a slice of pie every night but maybe a small one every week. I have been making a simple apple fold over that my family and hubbs co-workers cant get enough of. It uses sugar and a bit of butter (optional) but it really hits the spot when I'm craving a baked goodie.

•Nighttime HUNGER - aka Boredom eating. First try brushing your teeth and going to bed. But if you HAVE to eat, really HAVE to eat (and I've been there!) I will sometimes have cereal knowing that it's not something I gooble down so I'll feel like I am getting to eat a lot (which when you are night eating is sometimes a feeling you are looking for). Again I sometimes try to avoid drinks high calories low "pleasure" quota and reach for fruit or even heat up left overs depending on the hour. But first and foremost, I remember even if I eat the "junk" snack foods; chips, dips, cookies, candies out of boredom/lack of will power. That action didn't undo all my healthy choices. And sometimes chili dip with low fat cream cheese and tortila chips is what I WANT to eat, so I do. Just not all the time.
•Pre-Run - I don't like to eat pre-run. But race day I eat toast with honey, bananas, water. Kind of a sick kid's diet.

•Post-Run - I rarely eat out of the ordinary after a race. And what I would choose depends on the length of the race and how well I fueled during it. After many races, I'm not really hungry and have to make sure I eat a sensible mix of protiens and carbs to off set the effort I just put out.

Unknown said...

I found one amazing recipe when Scott was being a vegetarian for 30 days. Sweet Potato Chili Bake, yummy.
Here's the link


Who knew sweet potatoes were eaten at other times, besides Thanksgiving?

ShortSkirts said...

So here are some of my minmal cooking required and on the go suggestions for meals

Breakfast: at home, 2 eggs and a spelt english muffin, top with pepper salt and cayenne for a spicy wake up or hummus and spinach for a savory breakfast

On the go: starbucks turkey bacon breakfast sandwich or oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit, both are pretty healthy and super tasty

Lunch: at home, whole wheat wrap, spinach, avocado, deli turkey or chicken (i like the bbq flavored from applegate farms) and jack cheese

on the go: I love a good bowl of pho, the vegetarian options at most places come chocked with veggies and tofu, and usually you can pay a few dollars more to get them to add chicken.

snack: I love Luna Bars, bananas, chobani yogurt, and veggies and hummus.

dinner: at home, grilled chicken The key to keep chicken interesting is to buy some premade spice mix from the grocery store like mckormic's montreal chicken seasoning, or jerk spice. Just make a bunch one night and you have an easy dinner you can reheat. Put it on top of some salad or, serve with steamed broccoli and you have an easy dinner

On the go: If i don't have time to cook my fall back is usually a eas protein shake made with soy milk.

dessert: dark chocolate covered almonds from whole foods. They sell them in the bulk food section at mine and they are divine.

On the go: Frozen yogurt (love my yogurt land)I like the strawberry with chocolate sprinkles.

Gwen said...

I'm a working mom and trying to eat healthy so I'm all about "fast food" and I don't mean Mickey D's. I mean it cooks really fast.

Breakfast-we joined a crop share this year and we've had lots of swiss chard and one of the recipes they shared was the "super hero breakfast" that is an egg (cooked however-I like mine overeasy), steamed swiss chard (water and swiss chard steamed in a pan for about 5 min with salt) and a sliced tomato. I also usually have a slice of toast to mop up my overeasy egg. And it basically gives you all the healthy nutrients you need to keep the energy going until.....Snack

Pre-Run or Post Run-I eat an apple. My husband is a strength and conditioning coach and he swore by this snack and I never believed him until one day I about fainted during a workout and I ate one and I felt so much better. So now, I'll eat that before working out in the early AM because I don't like to eat a lot before hand or I get a yucky stomach. But it lifts my blood sugar enough I have energy and it does the same after a workout if I'm feeling a little sluggish.

Lynette said...

So, I really love the website www.skinnytaste.com. She works out all the calories, etc for you and her recipes are awesome! She even has some that are crockpot. <3

Tom and I really love making steel cut oats in the crockpot, and adding raisins, dried cherries, dried coconut, etc to them. Yummy!

Rhubarb said...

Now that I'm not marathon training, I need to eat healthier. Here are the things I do (and I cook for a foodie, so things have to taste pretty good).

Use 101cookbooks.com Every recipe I've used is amazing, and all of them are vegetarian, and pretty healthy.

Breakfast: Eggwhite/turkey bacon sandwich, or smoothies, or 20/20 protein bars, or quinoa with honey and fruit, or steel cut oats.

Lunch: EVOL burritos with salsa on top, or salad with chicken from a store bought rotisserie chicken and cranberries and sunflower seeds,

Dinner: Stir fry with tofu and veggies, or soup with barley and turkey meatballs and kale, or flank steak salad.

Desert: a few pieces of dark chocolate, or frozen mango, or gummy bears.

Nighttime hunger: POPCORN. I live on it, a 100 calorie bag makes me HAPPY while I watch tv.

Pre-run: Always a piece of sunflower seed butter toast with a banana. Boring, but it works.

Post-run: String cheese and a few pieces of salami. Or a smoothie (as long as I don't have to make it post-run!)

Snacks: 20/20 protein bars, nonfat greek yogurt, dried mango slices, almonds, string cheese, banana or other fruit.

Kristin Miller said...

A good post run/fuel breakfast is steel cut oats, a dab of honey, a tsp of peanut butter and a sliced banana. It's about 350 calories and got me through a summer with a lot of running! My easiest go to dinner is Mexican pizza; sauteed and season chicken, fat free refried beans spread on a whole wheat tortilla, sprinkle with cheese and bake 5-7 minutes. When it's finished, top with chopped tomatoes and green onions for garnish. It's pretty AND yummy AND healthy! These are my favorite cookies: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pumpkin-cookies-vi/detail.aspx eat 105 calories per cookie is not bad!

5 Miles Past Empty said...

I love to cut bell peppers, orange or yellow, and then put tuna in the little dip in them! A great easy and light lunch! You may think this is gross but I also like to mix tuna, black beans and guacamole and put that on the pepper slices. MMMMmmmmm! Delicious!

Lets see, I've been eating a lot of salad with tuna on it too.....

I'll think of more and post them too....

Marissa said...

super easy, favorite go-to meal: Homemade hummus! can of garbanzo beans (chick peas), 2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 squeezed lemon-juice, splash of extra virgin olive oil...mix in food processor or I use my magic bullet, blend until texture you like, serve on whole wheat tortilla with baby spinach! SOOOO YUMMY AND SUPER EASY :)

Erik Ammon said...

This works for me:
I cut out sugary junk food- no deserts of ANY kind at all- candy, cake, cookies, soda, etc. I cut out high fructose corn syrup stuff and most dairy stuff. Added in fruits and veggies and organic all natural stuff (as much as our wallets can handle- the organic stuff tends to cost more). I added in more protein/ fiber in the A.M to curb appetite during the day and the same at night with dinner and along with my small snack around 8:00 or later if I run. The protein/ fiber helps to keep me feeling full and curbs nighttime eating if I'm up late (for me that's past 10:30).

The Boohers said...

My favorite fueling breakfast is some yogurt (I like strawberry) with raw oats on top (a lot), frozen blueberries, and flax seed. It's so easy and delicious and a great start to my day. And my kids can make it by themselves too. Bonus!

Terzah said...

Hi! I am a new-ish follower and historically HATE meal planning too. But I've been better lately and my whole family has been much happier. Biggest tip: plan your meals for the week and do as much of the grocery shopping at once as possible (I've been using Mario Lopez's Extra Lean Family book to help with this--cheesy? yes...but SO helpful too).

My favorite fixes to my crappy meals have been:

LUNCH: Wraps! Buy a big pack of whole-wheat tortillas and make 'em with deli turkey, sprinkle some mixed greens on, squirt mustard, add a slice of deli swiss or feta or blue cheese crumbles if you like cheese and chop up a tomato to top it off with (this is the hardest part). Throw in a piece of fruit and you're DONE!

DINNER: chicken flatbreads: buy a pack of whole wheat pita and a rotisserie chicken and a pre-shredded bag of Mexican four cheese; sprinkle some cheese and breast meat on the pita and broil it in the oven (you can throw veggies like jalapenos or red peppers on these too); broil for a few minute in the oven; top with Tabasco sauce (if you like it) and eat!

Jenn said...

I need something sweet before bed - I can't help it, it's in my DNA I think. Lately I've been doing Apples and Peanutbutter BUT, rather than slathering on the peanutbutter, I put my 2tablespoons (1 serving) in a little container and put it in the microwave for like 15 seconds. You can then dip the apples into it and you get much more peanutbutter for a serving. Protein from the peanutbutter and the right amount of sweet/salty. I've been known to put honey in the melted peanutbutter if i'm eating it in the morning, OR, put some nutella in it at night for a true dessert treat :)