Healthy Snacking for Marathon Training

I’ve written several posts the last couple of years on my fueling/nutrition for marathon and Ironman training. I feel like I’m always tweaking or changing something to try to find what works best for me, what’s going on in my life (pregnant, nursing) and what I am training for. I’ve gone from a non-restrictive diet (Ironman training) to one that was pretty close to being vegan/vegetarian (last fall for Philly).

For the past six or seven months, my husband and I have settled into a diet that gives us the energy we need to train while not feeling restrictive. The staples in our diet have returned to things like greens, raw veggies, beans and quinoa – similar to how we were eating in the fall. But we are also eating meat and dairy more frequently these days.  Most importantly, however, are my smaller meals throughout the day – something that I have not been the best with.

As I’m sure anyone who has their hands full with work, kids or a combo of both know, if you don’t plan ahead for your meals and snacks throughout the day, you’ll end up eating something unhealthy and/or not getting the nutrients that your body needs. That was the routine I found myself in at the start of the summer. My main meals were healthy and packed with the good fats, nutrients and calories I needed. But the smaller meals throughout the day were empty calories, high in fat (not the good kind) and often whatever was easiest and quickest.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks making a concerted effort to raise the bar on my snacking. Below are some of what I’ve been eating to give me the most energy throughout the day:

– Natural Peanut Butter with banana and/or almonds on whole wheat bread: My little guys love this as well, so it’s a win-win when I make it! photo (2)– Juicing: This option takes the most time and preparation, but I have begun juicing in the morning while the boys are eating breakfast or playing in the playroom (or as they help me). I keep it in the fridge and then I don’t have to worry about finding the time later in the day.

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My little helpers

– Nature Valley™ Protein Granola – A couple of weeks ago, I received a couple of packages of the Peanut Butter ‘N Dark Chocolate Granola to test out. IMG_2813

  1/2 cup Nature Valley™ Protein Granola provides 10 grams of protein and 22-26 grams of whole grain (at least 48 grams of whole grain is recommended daily). 

Honestly, this granola was so delicious, I often just ate a few handfuls just straight out of the bag when I was hungry.But my favorite way to eat it was in yogurt with some fresh fruit (as a late morning snack): Granola IMG_2822 I also made some homemade trail mix with peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, yogurt covered raisins and the Nature Valley™ Protein Granola:  IMG_2832 Click here if you are looking for some great recipes using Nature Valley™ Protein Granola. There are also four additional flavors of the Nature Valley™ Protein Granola (Oats ‘n Honey, Peanut Butter, Oats ‘n Dark Chocolate, Cranberry Almond). 

– Chickpea Salad: I got this recipe over a year ago from my friend, Shannon. It’s really easy to make and I often make a big batch at the start of the week and keep it in the fridge! Recipe via Shannon’s IG: photo (3)

What are you favorite healthy snacks that you rely on during training?

*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Nature Valley™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Nature Valley™ Protein Granola, all opinions are my own.

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    1. I’m always looking for salty snacks. I crave salt mid-day (esp if I ran in the morning) and have a hard time finding healthy, easily portable salty snacks. I have alot of greek yogurt, fresh fruit, popcorn and baby carrots. Thanks for all the ideas!
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    2. I tend to do fruit or graham crackers with coco almond butter from the local market. On my longer days I do a “chocolate shake” – one cup of frozen bananas, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a tablespoon of nutella, and a little soy milk. Really healthy and it comes out with the consistency and taste of an ice cream shake.