Food on Fridays: Fuel for Runners

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Here at the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe.If you want, you can simply list all the red food sitting in your fridge right now. You could even stage a still life photo to upload and share, complete with red peppers, ketchup, sun-dried tomatoes and spaghetti sauce. Anyway, my point is that posts like that are as welcome as menus and recipes.When your Food on Fridays contribution is ready, just grab the broccoli button (the big one above or smaller option at the bottom) to paste at the top of your post. It ties us together visually.Then plug your name and link into Linky Tools.


  1. Lentil & Cauliflower Chili
  2. Grain-Stuffed Acorn Squash
  3. Prudent and Practical {Spiced Apple Quinoa}
  4. Honey Bun Cake ~ Concetta's Cafe
  5. Spaghetti Squash Casserole
  6. Banana, Coconut and Pecan Muffins
  7. Frugal Follies – Blintz Souffle
  8. Apple Cheddar Sticky Buns
  9. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect (backward cookies)
  10. Hamburger Macaroni. Comfort food almost like mom's
  11. Pumpkin Cake Roll
  12. Biscuits and Gravy @ Anktangle
  1. Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans
  2. 1948 Cookbook from Nebraska Farmer
  3. Homemade Bone Broth
  4. Sausage Spinach Loaf
  5. LEFT OVERS by Hazel
  6. Spice Cake KIDS CRAZY COOKING BLOG HOP
  7. Spider Web Cookies
  8. Creatively Domestic (BBQ Dip)
  9. Sugar Cookies
  10. Fennel Recipes
  11. Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  12. This linky list is now closed.

Food on Fridays with Ann

We just finished cross country season.It’s been a good run.Our kids have gotten stronger and faster and more confident from the first painful practice to the last organized meet. Honestly, they’ve been transformed.They’ve learned that cross country runners get a little dirty.And they’ve learned that they need to fuel up before a hard practice and refuel after a race.To prepare for a road race that started early on a Saturday morning, our coach recommended Pop-Tarts as a pre-race breakfast.Yes, Pop-Tarts.I couldn’t believe my ears. We work so hard to teach our children healthy choices, and then Coach tells the kids to go buy some Pop-Tarts.After hearing me audibly gasp, Coach added that his vegan fiance has discovered that Whole Foods offers some healthier versions. But it was too late. My kids loved the advice and tossed Pop-Tarts into the grocery cart shortly after.”We need it for the race!” they said. “Coach said so!”Pop-Tarts as pre-run fuel isn’t the only surprising bit of nutrition news we’ve learned: we’ve also heard that one of the best recovery drinks is chocolate milk.The kids loved hearing this, too.Permission to consume Pop-Tarts and chocolate milk? No wonder they loved cross country!

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    1. I had heard that chocolate milk was a good post work out drink, but I never heard about pop tarts before. I’m keeping that one a secret! :)

      • annkroeker says:

        I’ve read that oatmeal and a banana or toast with peanut butter is also great pre-run fuel. Why didn’t he recommend that?? :)

        He said that the Pop-Tarts have the right balance of sugar and carbs with a little bit of protein (I challenged him on that–where is the protein in a Pop-Tart; he countered, “read the label!”).

        Apparently that’s what the runners need prior to a really long run: some kind of sugar, some carbs, and a little bit of protein. I think that can be done with something other than a Pop-Tart!

    2. I am sure my children will be quite impressed with this new information – LOL – thank you for sharing! I always love visiting your site!
      < Concetta

      • annkroeker says:

        I’m so glad you’re here–and I do recommend looking for those healthier Whole Foods tarts (but your kids won’t like them as much).

    3. Enjoyed your story about the cross country runs. My husband and I add powdered Cappuccino to our chocolate milk and freeze it into a nice slushy evening treat.

    4. Wow, what can you do when ‘coach’ recommends something like that?! Oh well, a few pop tarts here and there won’t hurt when they are doing cross country running :) I’ve linked up a recipe that would probably make pretty good fuel for runners too – some really delicious muffins made with good for you bananas, nuts and whole wheat flour (and some other lovely ingredients that probably are not all that good for you!) Have a great weekend!

    5. I want to train with that coach! haha

    6. Wow! If I can have pop tarts and chocolate milk, I just might take up running!
      Fun post.

      Blessings,
      Janis

    7. Don’t feel so bad, then, that I always crave a big glass of milk after a run! And now, I just might add chocolate syrup….

    8. Ann,
      My husband coaches cross country…can’t wait to pass along the Pop tart info!

    9. This makes me so happy! Maybe I should take a pop tart for my long run snack . . .

    10. thank you, ann, for your kind comment…

      i visit you here, and find such peace and wholeness.

      and i am a runner, and swear by toast and peanut butter to start the day right :) i hope to link up some friday with you. and if you like, join me thursday for imperfect prose, friend. bless you.

    11. Ann, This is EXACTLY my routine.

      Pre-run: PopTart.
      Post-run: Chocolate milk.

    12. Nice Ann.

      Chocolate milk is no worse (or better) than fancy sounding “recovery formulas,” unless you count taste (way better) and price (way cheaper).

      Not so sure about the pop-tarts. It partly depends on how long they have between breakfast time and race time, but I can’t think of anything more state-of-the-art than pb&j on “good” bread.

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