Cashew Berry Basil Post Run Shake; Peanut Butter Hummus, Herb Garden Lamb Burgers and Peanut Power Balls ~ good-for-you fuel, in the pages of Running Room Magazine (click here for recipes).

I’m super excited to kick off this work week on Toronto’s #1 morning show: Breakfast Television, sharing my love for all things food and running – tied into one fun segment!! Click here to watch the segment.

Pre and post run summer foods…..

I’ve always said summertime meals & snacks should be about simple, do-nothing (or very little) recipes.  Our Canadian summers are far too short to be working up a sweat in the kitchen.  These delicious and good-for you recipes will allow you to enjoy summer grub without sabotaging all your hard work on foot (*for those who may be training for a fall race).  These recipes are great for active families on-the-summertime-go!  Biking, hiking, camping, a day at the amusement park, or just chilling out in your own back yard!! Happy summertime eating!

Summer Rnning Room Shake

Refuel after a warm weather workout with a post run shake made with Earth’s Own Cashew Fresh Beverage.

Cashew Berry Basil Shake: One of my favourite ways to refuel after a warm weather run is with a post workout shake.  Take advantage of fresh local berries and your herb garden.  Yup, you read that right – for a dose of summer freshness add a handful of basil to your morning shake.  I’m also a big fan of Earth’s Own Cashew Fresh Original – this creamy and delicious dairy free beverage is made with 100% real cashews, is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, is low in fat and contains only 50 calories per (1 cup/250 mL) serving.  For more information about Earth’s Own Cashew Fresh, and Cashew Fresh Unsweetened click here.

Peanuts:  Peanuts are my go-to snack of choice and have been for many years.  Peanuts are filled with plant protein, healthy fats, and fibre.  Munching on peanuts satisfies my mid-day hunger, and fuels my body with the quality vitamins and minerals it needs as a runner.  I eat them by the handful, and use them as an ingredient too.  Peanut Bureau has a number of satisfying and nutritious recipes.  For more tasty recipes, and to learn more about the health benefits of peanuts, click here.  Here are a few of my favourite recipes made with peanuts:

*click on each pink title for recipe*

Peanut Butter Hummus

*A savoury mid-day snack, or pre-run nibble to get you through your workout.  Serve with pita wedges, and/or veggie sticks.  Also makes a tasty after school snack, my boys love bean dips.

Peanut Power Balls


Loaded with plant protein, and healthy fats, these mid-day treats are as fun to make as they are to eat. Enjoy!

*Craving a sweet treat?  Or need a post run quick fix?  These power balls will satisfy your sweet tooth and fuel your body at the same time.  I often add dark chocolate chips – for an extra dose of yum.  These make a fun and tasty snack to pack up for road trips too – steer clear of the drive-thru on your summer outings, and munch on peanut power balls instead.

Summer Lamb Burger 1

Take advantage of all your garden fresh herbs when preparing this delicious burger.

Herb Garden Lamb Burgers: Nothing screams summer like a homemade burger off the grill.  Celebrate backyard cooking with a juicy burger.  I promise, this tasty summer staple will be a favourite among your grilling repertoire.

For all my pre and post run summer recipes featured in Running Room Magazine, and prepared on Breakfast Television, click here.


Charmaine is a chef and recipe developer.  She is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime DSC_1081York Region, and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food and cooking.

Charmaine is a proud ambassador of Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon a celebration of Women & Fitness, come join in the FUN June 6th, 2016.  Register before June 30th, 2015 for ONLY $68.  Hope to see many of you at the start line in 2016!  Click here to register.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.  Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

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