One of my favorite things besides running is food, and luckily they often seem to compliment one another. I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t noticed that running allows me to indulge in a few more snacks without accumulating extra weight. I’d hate to say that I run so I can eat, but, well… it doesn’t hurt.
There’s a lot to be said for fueling properly, and today, rather than talk about running, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite ways to fuel – with my favorite blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins and other deliciously carby carbs are perfect for a pre-run snack because all that sugar can be put to good use right away.
I’ve been on a quest lately to find my “ultimate” version of every classic recipe. There aren’t many things more classic than a warm, fresh, blueberry muffin, and I’m always looking for one that satisfies my craving for something sweet while meeting my expectations for delivering some worthwhile nutrients.
In other words, if I were going to just waste a bunch of calories with no nutritional value, I would choose a cupcake. I have higher expectations for muffins. Muffins need to deliver.
I finally found a recipe for muffins that do exactly that – they delivered on their promise of being nutritionally better than cupcakes. They’ve got blueberries! (Obviously, but still… ) They’ve got oatmeal! (Fiber! Complex carbohydrates!) They’ve got wheat germ! (Omega 3 fatty acids!) Score. Most importantly, they pass the taste test. I would actually like to eat the whole dozen in one sitting, and I feel confident that I could get that done if I were brave enough to try.
In the process, perhaps the best outcome of all was that my search led me to a new food blog which I adore. The Foodie Physician (www.thefoodiephysician.com) is full of great recipes with a focus on health.
You can find her original post including the recipe here. While you’re at it, browse the site – I was super impressed. I now have a longer list of things I must try.