Today’s Tuesday on the Run linkup topic is “your favorite running book of 2016.” Well, mine happens to be a cookbook. You may have heard of it…. Run Fast, Eat Slow by Olympian runner Shalane Flanagan and chef/runner Elyse Kopecky.
I bought this book shortly after it came out on iBooks for a whopping $3.99. Best $4 I’ve ever spent. This book is a wealth of knowledge regarding common sense nutrition for athletes, but really for everyone. No, it’s not a weight loss book, it doesn’t count calories nor does it discuss the next big trend in “healthy” eating. It’s a cookbook that it encourages eating, using fat in your cooking and making nutritional meals that fuel your run or whatever sport, as well as your family. This book is exactly what I needed this year…it was refreshing to open a cookbook for athletes that didn’t have a table on ‘how many grams of protein’ or ‘how many calories to eat based on lifestyle/activity level.’
My favorite recipe (so far) is the Superhero Muffins. These things fuel almost every workout I do, make a great mid-morning snack at work and they sneak in some extra veg to my diet. I don’t like raisins so I add chocolate chips in to add a little cocoa-y goodness.
I love this quote from Elyse because I couldn’t agree more:
“Outside of training the single greatest thing an athlete can do to improve their performance (and their long-term health and happiness) is to learn to cook. ”
This book makes a great gift for anyone on your list. I see myself using this cookbook for years to come.
Last week I listened to a great podcast with Elyse-check it out here.
What was your favorite book of 2016? (can be running or non-running related, I’m always up for good book suggestions!)