Run­ner’s Kitchen

Squash Your Carb Load RECIPES Sausage and Ap­ple Stuffed Acorn Squash; As­para­gus and Mush­room Spaghetti Squash Quiche; Zuc­chini Bread; Pita Tostadas with But­ter­nut Squash, Black Beans and Av­o­cado; Spiced Pump­kin, Yogurt and Gra­nola Par­fait

Canadian Running - - SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2017 - By Kim Do­erk­sen

Marathon sea­son is in full swing, and the weeks of pre-race carb load­ing are just around the cor­ner. This tra­di­tion­ally means that pasta and bagels will f ly off the gro­cery store shelves and be read­ily con­sumed in an ef­fort to sat­u­rate our mus­cle glyco­gen stores. For any­one who has gone through sev­eral marathon builds, the thought of eat­ing an­other bowl of pasta isn’t very ap­peal­ing. Pre-race nutri­tion is a very per­sonal part of any race prepa­ra­tion. Not ev­ery­one can han­dle the same amounts, types and qual­ity of food. It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand what works for your body, and what foods it thrives off of.

Try­ing to step away from tra­di­tional pas­tas that are sim­ple and easy to di­gest isn’t easy but there are many other car­bo­hy­drate op­tions that fit the bill. Any­thing from whole grains, min­i­mally pro­cessed breads, yams and squash are all ex­cel­lent al­ter­na­tives. In the win­ter, squash is in abun­dance and there are a va­ri­ety of types that can be in­cor­po­rated into any meal of the day: acorn squash, spaghetti squash, but­ter­nut squash and pump­kin are a few no­table win­ter squash. Al­though zuc­chini is tech­ni­cally a sum­mer squash, it’s avail­able all year round and is a nu­tri­tious ad­di­tion to many meals and baked goods. With co­pi­ous amounts of vi­ta­mins and min­er­als that pasta doesn’t have nat­u­rally, squash is also a great source of car­bo­hy­drates. As the carb-load­ing phe­nom­e­non oc­curs for a week be­fore a marathon, it’s im­por­tant to main­tain a good va­ri­ety of meals and in­gre­di­ents that will fuel the fire for the race, but also mix up your weekly menu.

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