One of my least used categories is “Food and Drink,” which, to be honest, I had planned to use mainly for talking about post-race beers. But I have a recipe for you that combines protein, carbohydrates, and the goodness of vegetables. I think the combination makes it good runner’s food. I call it Turkey Melange for lack of a better term. It was something that mom used to make when I was a kid.
The recipe is as follow:
1lb Ground Turkey
1 Small Onion
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Bag of Mixed Frozen Vegetables
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Brown Rice
Dice the onion. Put the olive oil in a large pot, then brown the turkey and onion. One the meat is browned, add the frozen vegetables, the water, and the rice. Bring the water to a boil. Then reduce the heat and cook until the rice absorbs all the water. Then season it with salt, pepper, or whatever spice appeals to you. The good thing about this recipe is that it is a little bland, so it can be easily adapted.
I used the food labels and did a little math. This recipe makes six servings of one cup each.
Based on that, I believe each serving has:
85 mg of Sodium
3% of the RDA of Calcium
3 Grams of Fiber
This of course, assumes an equal distribution of ingredients in each serving. Calories, sodium, calcium, and fiber are the things I tend to track when I think about nutrition.
Hope this works out to be a tasty addition to your runner’s meals.