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Working up an appetite in my Mizuno’s.

Chili Chocolate Peanut Butter PopsiclesChili Chocolate Peanut Butter PopsiclesThis I know for sure:  Runners are one hungry bunch of athletes.  In fact, I can safely say most of us spend countless K’s in our kicks, because we love to eat!  Myself included.  Nothing brings me more joy, other than a long run in my Mizuno’s of course, than sitting down to some post run grub.  However, not all foods are created equal.  Especially when it comes to training.  Although we take our noshing seriously, I would say the majority of us live by the 80/20 rule.  Eighty percent of the time we train and fuel our bodies with the quality foods it requires to keep us going on foot, and the other twenty percent, well ask a runner….we all have our vice: chocolate cake, ice cream, beer, red wine, or triple cheese pizza.  Or all of the above….

I have put together a list of my personal favourite (healthy) snacks for runners.  These foods will satisfy your taste buds (& belly), fuel your body, and also help with recovery.  Click here to watch my live segment on CHCH Morning Live.

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 good for you recipes.  Here are a few of mine:

*click on each pink title for recipe*

Chili Chocolate Peanut Butter Popsicles  

*These popsicles might be the last sweet treat you will ever make.  I’ve been known to wrestle my children for the last one.  Thankfully, they take less than ten minutes to prepare, and only contain seven ingredients, that you likely already have in your pantry.  So easy, my boys can whip them up on their own!

Spring Fling Quinoa Bowl

*An Asian inspired vegetarian supper.  What do I love about this plant protein packed dish?  Leftovers (if there are any!) pack up perfectly for a brown bag lunch.

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

*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 for road trips too – steer clear of the drive-thru, and munch on peanut power balls instead.

Clover Leaf Toppers:  Chunks of tuna in a delicious chef inspired sauce.  Flavours include;  Lemon Pepper, Mediterranean, Mild Curry and Tikka Masala.  Toppers make a convenient mini meal on-the-go, or serve over rice, quinoa or cous cous as a healthy and delicious main course.  For more tasty recipes visit

Clover Leaf Toppers: a tasty protein packed nibble  in a variety of flavours.  Perfect lunch on-the-go.

Clover Leaf Toppers: a tasty protein packed nibble in a variety of flavours.

Cherry Coconut Post Run Shake made with Vega One and Almond Fresh Coconut Beverage.

Spring Shake 2

Cherry Coconut Post Run Shake.  A delicious breakfast on-the-go, or post run sip.

DSC_1081Charmaine is a chef and recipe developer.  She is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime York 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 7th, 2015.  Register by March 31st, use code: bay race (*lower case w/space) and receive $10.00 of registration. Click here to register. Hope to see many of you at the start line!

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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On Sunday, March 29th I’ll be running: Around The Bay Road Race in Hamilton (30 glorious K’s!!) raising money for St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton.  To make a donation click here.    Huge THANK YOU!!