Like the rest of us, I had a horrible sugar addiction. This caused my running performance to suffer significantly because my blood sugar levels were always spiking, which caused me to get tired and shaky during my longer runs. I was good to go for running shorter distances, but you cannot fuel yourself with refined sugar as you will soon fall back and run poorly during the long haul. I knew that if I wanted to go beyond winning in my age group, I could not run on junkie fuel, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and learn how to bake! I know, sounds lame, but I found so many easy healthy snack recipes to get my performance out of trouble.
Cookies have a bad reputation, especially among endurance runners, but there is no reason not to love cookies if they are healthy.
If you are like me, you probably crave cookies more than you should, but depending on the ingredients, cookies are a great snack to have before a run, after a run, and even during a run. Here are some recipes for healthy cookie snacks that helped me meet my energy and recovery needs.
Healthy Cookie Recipes for Runners
Avocado chocolate cookies via Sprouted Fit (The Smoothie Lover)
Spinach oatmeal cookies via Gim Grains
Apple pie oatmeal cookies via Amy’s Healthy Baking
Almond coconut cookies via Sweet as Honey
Gluten-free peanut butter cookies via Veggie Balance
No bake honey, peanut butter cookies via Frugal Farm Wife
Strawberry oatmeal cookies via Amy’s Healthy Baking
Pumpkin breakfast cookies via Leelalicious
Carrot cake oatmeal cookies via Amy’s Healthy Baking
Zucchini bread quinoa breakfast cookies via Simply Quinoa
Banana and oatmeal cookies (no butter, no sugar) via Scattered thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Raspberry chocolate chip oatmeal cookies via Amy’s Healthy Baking
Blueberry yogurt cookies via Spoon Fork Bacon
Peach pie oatmeal cookies via Amy’s Healthy Baking
Vegan no-bake chocolate quinoa cookies via Simply Quinoa
Flourless, healthy double chocolate cookies via Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Banana chocolate chip oatmeal cookies via Curls n’ Chard
Healthy trail mix cookies via The Melrose Family
Apple cinnamon cookies energy bites via Kristine’s Kitchen
Dark chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies via Amy’s Healthy Baking
…stay tuned, there’s more to come!
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BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.