By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator

 

While vegetarians and vegans are a diverse bunch in many ways, there seems to be one common thread, and that’s an obsession with food. Our Toronto Veg Team at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon each year is no different and even though training and fundraising is top of mind, so is EATING!

After a weekend long run or doing hill repeats, it’s important as ever for runners to re-fuel with carbohydrates and protein to keep their energy up and their muscles strong.

Here are five great post-workout snacks that do just that!

  1. A giant smoothie: Smoothies aren’t just for fruit anymore. Throw in leafy greens which help fight inflammation, protein sources like peanut butter, flax or chia seeds, oats for carbs, and your favourite plant-based milk such as almond or coconut.
  2. A bagel with your favourite topping: Top a toasted bagel with peanut butter and chopped banana and you’ve quickly filled your quota for post-run carbs and protein! If you love to spread mashed avocado with chili flakes on your bagel as much as I do, just top it with hemp seeds as well to amp up the protein.
  3. Brownie smoothie: If you’ve got a sweet tooth try blending 1 cup soy milk, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup of black beans, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 dates for something super decadent and also mighty high in protein and carbs!
  4. Homemade Trail Mix: Trying to squeeze in a run before your morning commute and only have time to grab and go? Keep a mason jar stocked with your favourite nut or nuts for protein, pumpkin seeds for iron, oats for carbs, and some dried fruit for sweetness.
  5. Tofu Scramble: Tofu is naturally high in protein and calcium, throw in some leafy greens like spinach or kale to help with post-run inflammation, and eat it with a side of toast for some carbs.

Want more snack ideas? Check out these vegan snack recipes from nuts.com!