Meghann Seidner, Brand Marketing Director from ZICO Coconut Water, offers her perspective on nutrition, training and all things running as she prepares to take on the 1st Half Marathon at #TSFM2015
I follow a plant-based diet as it helps me feel my best. I am fascinated with the fusion of plant-based nutrition with endurance sports and get many of my recipes and nutrition tips from Thrive Foods.
Some of my go-to recipes when I am training:
For runs longer than 40 minutes, I make sure to eat breakfast and digest before running. Chia seeds are chock full of fiber and omega-3’s and I turn them into a tasty pudding by mixing 1 part chia seeds to 4 parts homemade almond milk*, then adding fresh berries and sometimes a whisper of homemade granola. Deelish.
Following my runs, I often enjoy smoothies. My favorite consists of ½ frozen banana, ZICO coconut water (look for no added sugar!), spinach, cacoa nibs, maca powder, hemp seeds, a scoop of peanut butter and a scoop of vegan protein powder. It tastes like dessert, but is great for you.
Homemade almond milk. Lower in fat/calories than cow milk, this delicious blend is an ingredient in almost all my breakfast every day: Blend soaked almonds with ZICO coconut water, then strain and blend back in VitaMix with vanilla, nutmeg, dates, and cinnamon.
Hydration: extremely important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. I get a little bored of water and switch it up by including ZICO Coconut Water as part of my day-to-day and post-workout hydration regimen.
I have a love/hate relationship with running. Nothing beats running in terms of caloric burn and I always feel amazing when I can prioritize running in my life: it helps […]