Books for runners – Meals on the Run review

To be fair, I don’t even know if I consider myself to be a runner anymore. It feels like a piece of my heart is lost on another world. Regardless, when Runner’s World offered me to review a few of their books coming out, I couldn’t help but accept their offer. I hope to one day be a “runner” again. I’m still registered for the 2016 Boston Marathon so who knows what the future will hold.

Meals on the Run – Available in Kindle currently for $5.59 and hardcopy $20.33

What this should really be called is food porn for healthy but lazy eaters.

RunToMunch Pumpkin Boook Photo

The recipes were contributed by elite runners like Kara Goucher, celebrity foodies Joe Cross and Mark Bittman, as well as many by registered dietitians and Rodale test kitchen. The book includes 150 under 30 minutes recipes for the following:

-Breakfast
-Smoothies and Juices
-Snacks and Sweets
-Salads
-Soups & Stews
-Pasta & Noodles
-Vegetarian Mains & Sides
-Seafood Mains
-Meat & Poultry Mains

And although it’s being marketed towards runners, I think any endurance athlete would appreciate the recipes.

RunToMunch Chick Avocado Soup

Each recipe provides the total time needed to prepare the dish, the nutrition per serving and number of servings the recipe will yield. Additionally many of the recipes offer a “quick tip” such as how to keep ingredients fresh or an alternate way to prepare or serve the dish. I found a few pretty obvious but there is always something knew to learn or maybe just an idea you didn’t think of before.

The book starts of with a runner’s kitchen essential shopping list, vegetable tips (useful to me) and a list of some time saving tools that I was proud to note that I owned most already!

And the recipes are also further broken up with gluten free, vegan, and low calories labels if you’re a restricted diet type of runner (person).

RunToMunch Fish Curry

But seriously, the book really is a healthy food porn and all the recipes so far have been so easy to understand, follow, and finding the ingredients has been easier than most.

Here’s my favorite recipes so far:

RunToMunch Sriracha PB

And yes, this would make a great gift for a runner. Get a copy today Meals on the Run $5.59 on Kindle and hardcopy $20.33.

What’s your favorite cookboook?

Weekend Recap – or just Saturday since Sunday I just ran, a lot

YouB guessedB it, aside from myB Long Run on Sunday, I went to go see the Hunger Games on Saturday. B The theatre near my house has this awesome directors’ hall where for 2-3 extra bucks you get to select your seat in advance. B No only that, the seats are those fancy recliner chairs. B Almost as good as being in your own house!

No need to show up early, or stand in the ticket line, no teenagers and college drunks to battle for a seat. B There are some perks to not living in downtown Boston anymore!B In the movie theater they also have this swanky bar which we didn’t stop since we got to theB theaterB at 9:20 and the movie time was 9:15 (I start to skip half the previews). B I have to confess, when they showed the preview for theB TitanicB I teared, especially at the part where the ship is sinking and they show that old couple cuddling (just writing this makes my tear ducts wake up). B I asked Tony if he would see it with me, he said “Absolutely not.”

Overall, I think I enjoyed the Hunger Games but it’s hard to tell since movies never compare much to how awesome books are. B I also wasn’t a fan of how the movie replicated some themes and direction fromB Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, particularly the white suited peace keepers… B Not every futuristic movie needs to look like it was directed in Epcot in the 60s/70s.

Regardless, I’m still team Gail; Peeta is just too emo for my taste =)

Before the movies, I decided it was a good idea to eat my own weight in Indian Buffet. B Well Tony convinced me we should get Indian and that the buffet is moreB economicalB then me ordering a regular portion and just having leftovers.

And yes since it was buffet, I went up THREE times. B Luckily, the other two plates were vegetarian only so I didn’t feel completely like I was going to implode for too long. B I’m actually slightlyB surprisedB I didn’t pay a price on my 27 miler on Sunday. B Maybe my stomach is growing stronger just my legs are.

On Saturday before I stuff myself silly with curry; I kept busy. B In the morning I stopped by theB Multisport World Conference & ExpoB that was happening in Cambridge. B Overall, I was a bit boredB by the expo and ended up not even attending any of the seminars. B I haven’t reached the Triathlon phase ofB exerciseB addiction yet and everything there was too geared towards triathlon vs. just running. B I was really hoping to see some cute running tanks and skirts. B Instead I was met with wet-suits that I have no desire to wear, try, or buy unless I’m scuba-diving; in which case I rather rent and not deal with having to carry it on international flights. B The hoards of hippie 10 year olds with their Cambridge parents didn’t help my headache mood.

On the bright side since I was one of the first 1,000 registrants I walked out with a swag bag. B Aside from a crap-load of wasted trees in advertisements ofB triathlonsB hours and miles away (no I am not traveling to Montana from Boston to do a triathlon). I did walk out with some good things. B The main being some samples fromB Hammer NutritionB which includes a gel and a powder mix. B I’m excited to try them out after hearing some good things about them on myB Marathon Training Academy Podcast. B I also made it out with as many Vita Coconut Water Cartons as my paper bag can carry. B Hey those babies cost $2.50 a pop here at the store and we’re in a recession you know; B so I take what I can get for free ;). B I too, wanna be cool andB electrolytedB like the stars.

Dear companies; please give me free stuff; in return I will pose happily with your product. XoXo Liana.

On Saturday I also finished reading Girl Who Played with Fire. B

I made a 2012 resolution that I would read one book a month. B Audio books and magazines don’t count. B Since Saturday was March 31st, I pretty much had to meet that goal . B While reading it, I might have eaten half a bag of honey pretzels. B They say TV makes you eat mindlessly, those people clearly haven’t gotten engrossed in a book lately.

Similar, to Girl with Dragon Tattoo, not much happens in the book until the last 200 pages (out of 600+) and although I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the first one in the trilogy, I would still recommend reading it. B It’s perfect for loud crowded train rides to help you drown out the masses in a different role. B I’m also enjoy the subtle or not so subtle gender issue theme presented in the book series. B I am now on a search for Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.B I’ll pay the man who sells random books on steps of Cambridge City Hall a visit one Sunday. B That’s where I found this book, so hopefully he’ll have the third book in his piles as well.

Have you read anything fun lately? B Have you read any of the books int he Girl with Dragon Tattoo series? B I’m slightly excited for the second movie. B I just googled images and I can’t wait!

 

A day of rest, nachos, and book searches

A rest day – no run – maybe 3-4 mile leisure walk in search of used books.

I recently finished Girl with Dragon Tattoo and was on the search of Girl who Played with Fire.B After much failure in all the used bookstores of Cambridge, I saw it with the random man that sells books on steps of some Cambridge municipal building.B Score 3 bucks and in mint condition; no shipping required.B He’s there every Sunday depending on weather and had a pretty good collection for 3-5 bucks.B Cult classics for the hipsters, main stream fiction for normal gals like me.B I also picked up a hardcover of One Day by David Nicholls.

Another book that I was on the look out for was Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. No luck finding is used, so I’ll be ordering it from Amazon (free shipping and 35% less of price just can’t be beat). A friend and are doing a “book club” reading of it. I guess my March will be filled with books.

For 2012 I am attempting of reading one full book a month; audio books do not count.B For January I finished Crazy Sexy Diet.B I was not a fan of that book.B Mostly is seemed like a guide for disordered eating; although I do support eating real food vs. processed prepared dinners.B For February is was Girl with Dragon Tattoo.B Clearly I loved since I am moving onto the next book in the trilogy.

What have you read during 2012?B Are you reading anything good now?