Certain plant-based foods have just what a runner needs to keep them going longer, stronger, and help them recover more quickly after their run. Animal foods take much more energy to digest since they’re rich in hard-to-digest fats and/or proteins that promote inflammation. They also contain numerous chemicals like antibiotics, that make them less than optimal for your body.

Pre-run, your body needs quality nutrition, so give it what it needs whether you’re running a marathon, taking a twenty-minute run, or just getting started with a new running regimen. The truth of the matter is, however, eating a plant-based diet can serve as an enormous advantage to an endurance athlete. So, check out these 10 high-carb, low-fat recipes for runners from our Food Monster App!


1. Basil Seed, Oat, and Spelt PancakesBasil Seed, Oat, and Spelt Pancakes

These light, fluffy Basil Seed, Oat, and Spelt Pancakes are made from a blend of oat and spelt flour and are sweetened naturally with banana. Nobody would ever guess that they use basil seeds in place of eggs!

2. Warm Blueberry Overnight OatsWarm Blueberry Overnight Oats

Oatmeal offers the body complex carbohydrates that are broken down throughout the day – supplying the body with a constant energy source. The complex carbohydrates in oatmeal are especially great for endurance athletes preparing to endure a long workout. These deliciously Warm Blueberry Overnight Oats has a slight caramel taste from the maca powder, which works perfectly with the juicy and tangy blueberry compote.

3. Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potato With Coconut Date CrunchBreakfast Stuffed Sweet Potato With Coconut Date Crunch

These healthy Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potato With Coconut Date Crunch are low-fat and high carb and packed with nutrition. Drizzle with peanut butter and top with seasonal berries as a finishing touch.

4. Hawaiian Papaya ‘Rawnola’ BowlHawaiian Papaya ‘Rawnola’ Bowl

This Hawaiian Papaya ‘Rawnola’ Bowl has fresh lime juice, filled with rawnola, and then topped with toasted coconut flakes. It’s super low-fat and high carb.  


5. Creamy Potato Leek SoupCreamy Potato Leek Soup

This Creamy Potato Leek Soup is healthy, filling and can be done in just about 30 minutes!  Serve hot with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of chopped parsley on top for a lovely healthy dinner!

6. Pumpkin Millet Kale Salad With Balsamic ReductionPumpkin Millet Kale Salad With Balsamic Reduction

Raw fresh greens in a salad restore the body with the essential amount of vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, vitamins A, C, and K, along with fiber, folate, potassium, carotenoids, and so much more. This Pumpkin Millet Kale Salad With Balsamic Reduction is so nourishing and full of amazing nutrition.


7. Cashew Mozzarella-Stuffed Sweet Potato Rice BallsCashew Mozzarella-Stuffed Sweet Potato Rice Balls

Sweet potatoes dole out a healthy dose of both vitamins A and C to support healthy vision, skin, nails, hair, and your immune system. These Cashew Mozzarella-Stuffed Sweet Potato Rice Balls are crispy on the outside and deliciously gooey on the inside.

8. Sweet Potato Bites With Guacamole and CauliflowerSweet Potato Bites With Guacamole and Cauliflower

These Sweet Potato Bites With Guacamole and Cauliflower are perfect for an appetizer or a party. The creamy mashed sweet potato is topped with perfectly spiced cauliflower and guacamole. The flavor combination is out of this world.


9. Spelt Sweet Potato GnocchiSpelt Sweet Potato Gnocchi

These Spelt Sweet Potato Gnocchi simply requires boiled or baked sweet potatoes, your favorite flour, and a pinch of salt. Dress them up with cheesy, green pesto or keep things simple with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh spinach, and tomatoes.

10. Healthy Low-Sodium Red Lentil CurryHealthy Low-Sodium Red Lentil Curry

This Healthy Low-Sodium Red Lentil Curry is well-seasoned, hearty, and delicious. Instead of using salt, this recipe instead calls for a number of flavorful spices, and instead of oil, the onions are cooked in water. Simple and easy-to-make.

If you enjoy recipes like this, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, it’s available for both Android and iPhone and has free and paid versions. The app is loaded with thousands of allergy-friendly & vegan recipes/cooking tips, has hundreds of search filters and features like bookmarking, meal plans and more! The app shows you how having diet/health/food preferences can be full of delicious abundance rather than restrictions!

Lead image source: Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potato With Coconut Date Crunch