I finally got my hands on a copy of “Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes” by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky. Shalane Flanagan is an Olympic distance runner and Elyse Kopecky is a chef and nutrition educator. The two have been friends since running Cross Country at the University of North Carolina. The Run Fast. Eat Slow cookbook is the combination of their expertise in athletics and nutrition and how to fuel athletes. The focus is on wholesome, nutritious foods that help athletes perform better and improve their health. I was excited to read this book and try some of these recipes because I also believe in a nourishing whole foods diet. I feel my best on the trails (and in daily life) when I am fueling myself with nutritious whole foods.
What does “Run Fast. Eat Slow.” mean?
The first part of the book goes into detail about Shalane and Elyse’s definition of what “Eat Slow” means and how it can help athletes. Shalane and Elyse discuss why athletes need to eat food with more nutrients. They also talk about how runners have been misled with fad diets or packaged foods “for runners.” I liked their stance on nutrition and whole foods. They focus more on positive changes and what foods you should be including in your diet instead of condemning and omitting foods. This is a great approach to encourage healthy changes into the foods you eat.
The first chapter also include a typical weekly meal plan that of what Shalane eats. It’s a way to see how a world class athlete balances out her nutrition using whole foods and the recipes in their book. The book talks about the benefits of eating these whole foods have had on Shalane’s training and racing.
Stocking Your Kitchen
The second chapter goes into detail on ingredients and pantry staples. Shalane and Elyse discuss which food items you should keep in your kitchen. They offer nutrition tips, buying and storage tips, and facts about the ingredients they use in their recipes. This chapter is a great start to learning how to buy wholesome foods.
The rest of the book is the recipes! I was excited browsing through the recipes and couldn’t wait to try several of them. Everything is prepared from scratch and incorporates their whole food nutrition guidelines. Everything also looked delicious! In the short time that I have had this book in my hands, I have tested out six recipes. I made: Superhero Muffins, Swiss Muesli Bowl, Flu Fighter Chicken and Rice Stew, Greek Bison Burgers, Shalane’s Breakfast-Meets-Dinner Bowl, and Spicy Black Beans.
So what is the verdict on the recipes? They are awesome! Not only are they delicious, they are filled with nourishing ingredients and loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables. The instructions are easy to follow, and the recipes are not complicated or time consuming. Every recipe I have made so far is packed with flavor and has been a crowd pleaser at the dinner table. My teenage boys especially liked the Greek Bison Burgers and asked when we could have them again. I’m looking forward to preparing even more of the recipes from the book!
So what are you waiting for? Grab your copy of Run Fast. Eat Slow. and start fueling your body right!
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