I'm on day 10 of my two-week meal plan from the No Meat Athlete Marathon Road Map. It's a whole foods-based plan designed for athletes, and I'm hoping it helps me fuel properly for this Saturday's St. Jude Memphis Marathon (my third 26.2!).
My morning started with a 4-mile run, the longest run this week since I'm tapering for Saturday. Then I had an Orange Cranberry Vanilla Protein Smoothie. This may be my new fave protein shake! I used a frozen mandarin orange-pineapple-papaya blend with fresh cranberries, banana, almond-cashew milk, hemp seeds, vanilla protein powder, and a little carrot juice powder. Like an orange creamsicle with a slight tartness from the berries!
Morning snack at my desk was Celery with Almond Butter. I keep these little packets around for on-the-go snacks. So handy!
Lunch was leftovers from yesterday — Lemony Lentils with Caramelized Onions & Brown Rice. Not pretty. Looks like dog food. But tastes amazing.
I had a few squares of Endangered Species Cranberry Almond Chocolate at my desk in the afternoon because I got a craving.
For my afternoon snack, I had a salad with lettuce, mushrooms, bell pepper, carrots, brown rice, dried cherries, beets, sunflower seeds, nooch and a tahini-ginger dressing. Every afternoon on the plan includes a salad, which is perfect for tiding me over through post-work meetings or prepping dinner. Tonight, I had a Friends for Life board meeting at 6 pm, so I had my salad first.
I was hoping this would tide me over, but the meeting ran long, and I was famished when I got home around 8 pm. Dinner was most already prepped, but I had to wait for my potatoes to cook in the air fryer, so I shoved a spoonful of SunButter sunflower seed butter in my mouth. No shame. Dinner was awesome though and worth the wait. We had No Meat Athlete Veggie Burgers in Sprouted Grain Pita with a side of Roasted Sweet Potatoes.
The burgers (recipe is included in the Marathon Road Map plan) are made from lentils, walnuts, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and wheat gluten. They're bursting with flavor and perfect on a little pita with lettuce, tomato, and onion. Paul didn't like the burgers, but he's liked most everything else on the plan so far. He likes super-textured plant meat burgers, and these were softer veggie burgers. Oh well! More for me. I froze four of the leftover patties for quick dinners later in the month.
The meal plan didn't call for a side, but burgers need potatoes if you ask me. I tossed some cubed sweet potatoes in a little olive oil and air-fried until crisp. YUM.