Let's talk food! Now I'm a creature of habit. I don't have a lot of free time or money to make a large variety of food. And because I live in New York, when I go grocery shopping I abide by these three rules:
1. Can I carry it home?
2. Do not spend more than $100 per week. (Welcome to New York.)
3. I have to share a refrigerator with 3 other people.
But I love to cook so every Sunday I spend three hours doing my grocery shopping and then preparing and freezing my food for the week. (It's my way of saving money, not eating out and eating healthy.) The problem is, by Wednesday I’m sick of eating the same thing for lunch and dinner so I end up ordering takeout if I get a really big craving for something like Indian or Thai. Normally I’m too busy to notice the redundancy but since I’m in the thick of marathon training I’m hungry ALL THE TIME. That’s when I start reaching for goldfish, sugary granola bars, cookies and cake at work. So even though I'm trying to eat healthy, I'm not eating a variety of healthy foods and I'm still allowing myself to snack on delicious processed empty calories.
Which brings me to the newest addition to Run, Selfie, Repeat! Meet Chloe Lasseron!
Chloe is a Lululemon Ambassador and an incredibly strong runner. Every Tuesday I attend Chloe's group run because we do hills, intervals, speed work, fartleks and all the things that I really, really hate doing. But if I’m in a group I find that I show up and do the work! (Peer pressure can be a good thing! Who knew?) Last Tuesday I was running with Chloe and we started talking about food. (Because what else do you talk about when you run besides what you're going to eat after?)
In addition to being a kick ass running Goddess, Chloe is a chef and talented recipe developer! I realized the solution to my lack of variety was running right beside me! I asked Chloe if she would be interested in collaborating on a fun project, she said yes and here we are! So...
We need your help!
Do you have a back pocket recipe (or two, or five!) that you can make really quickly? Do you want to know how you could incorporate different seasonal fruits, veggies and meats into the dish? Or are you curious to see if there's a way to change it up? Send them to us! Chloe is going to take your recipes, introduce new elements and then show you how to make it both here on Run, Selfie, Repeat and on my YouTube channel!
For me, food is so much more than just fuel. I love to eat! It's just hard because I, like so many of you, lead a really busy life! And I don’t have the time or money to spend making a variety of meals! I cook everything ahead of time because I walk out the door around 6:00am with lunch and snacks in my bag. Then I work a 10 hour day, run or workout for 1-2 hours and get home around 8:30. The last thing I want to do is spend 30 minutes cooking and doing dishes. I throw my prepped food in the microwave, shower, throw dinner together, eat, answer my last few emails and go to bed by 9:30/10:00.
I know I’m not eating a balanced diet. I know there's certain nutrients I'm lacking because I don't eat a huge variety. And I really hate snacking on goldfish and other empty calories when I could be eating delicious foods that taste good and are better for me. That's why we are going to show you how you can spruce up those meals you already know how to make and do it all on a budget!
So send us your recipes! Get as descriptive or as in-descriptive as you'd like! Here's an example of how simple it can be --
Roasted Chicken Dish!
Chicken breast, carrots, potatoes, onions, onion soup mix, olive oil. Throw it all together and bake at 375 degrees F for an hour.
Get ready for a lot of pictures like this because Chloe is the real deal and knows what she's doing!
Keep an eye out for the first installment coming next week! And if you have any questions or recipes, shoot us an email! Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.