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3 great carbo-loading meals to fuel your runs

Flavorful food fuel for the marathon
April 23, 2014
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Got a marathon coming up? You'll want to carbo-load to maximize your body's glycogen stores in the muscles to push you over that finish line.

Looking for some simple but delicious carbohydrate packed meals to spur you on to greatness? Here's three of nutrition expert Kate Percy's favorites.

1. Grilled Chicken & Pesto Pasta

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Quick, light and delicious, this chicken pesto pasta is perfect for late carbo-loading ahead of the big race. Us the pasta of your choice, but work with home-made pesto if you can: shop bought can't compete once you've mastered it. View the recipe.

2. Ethiopian-style Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup with Chile & Lime

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If you're looking for something equally delicious and nutritious, but good for the vegetarians amongst you, then this Ethiopian soup could be the perfect option for you. It's packed with protein, vitamin E, and unsaturated fats. It's also full of slow-release carbohydrates to keep you fueled through the big race. View the recipe.

3. Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Maple Syrup Almonds

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With 104g of slow release carbohydrates per serving, this delicious vegetarian friendly recipe is both nutritious and sustaining. Kate finds this recipe also helps with a good night's sleep, which is another bonus if eaten on the eve of a big race. View the recipe.


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