There are plenty of people who use running as a for of exercise to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. It is a way to work off the things they eat and drink throughout the day of their busy lives. I have long held the opposite position. I eat those things to work off all that running I did. Can't go getting in shape can I? Truth is, my diet is terrible and I keep getting told, "Wait until you're 25," then "wait until you're 30", and now "just you wait." The date keeps getting pushed back, but it has yet to catch up to me in any real way. Or has it?
I ran a 5k back on New Years Eve and realized that my core and my diet was a huge disadvantage. Since then, I've been trying to focus on it as something I can work on to get faster. I've had some people talk to me about nutrition and when I tell them how I eat, they look like THEY'RE the ones about to have a heart attack. In addition, I was on Runner's World's website the other night and according to their BMI calculator, I'm basically fat. Let's be honest, I have no insecurities about my weight, nor do I believe I'm fat (put some cake in it Runner's World). However, the idea of increasing my pace and feeling more energized overall seems appealing.
Last month I was given the opportunity to try Luna's line of frozen meals as a healthy alternative to my regular diet. With a race on the horizon, I decided it might be a good opportunity to test them out during race week. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen me posting about them throughout the week. Below is a brief summary on each meal I've tried this week.
Chicken Chile Verde
Just by the smell, I could tell it was going to be good. The flavours definitely lived up to the scent. I will say it was a bit of an adjustment as I normally eat much larger portions, but highly recommend if you like Mexican flavours.
Roasted Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Day two of the meals kept up with the first. Felt like I got a bit more out of this one. Normally with mac, I like a little spice so I added some Sriracha and it was amazing!
Can you tell I like Mexican? I liked the Chile Verde more, but this seemed more filling. Instructions were a little off though and I got some icy bites, which wasn't fun, but warmed it a bit more and it was good.
Turkey Vegetable Lasagna
This one wasn't as visually appealing, but it tasted really good. One of my fav's from the week. Turkey is a great alternative and I might consider it more for making my own lasagna in the future.
So Cal Kale & Bean
I didn't read too closely when I picked this, so when I saw vegetarian on the box, I was a bit disappointed. But after eating it, definitely was surprised I would enjoy a vegetarian dish so much.
Overall, I though the meals were pretty good. My favourites were definitely the Chile Verde and the Enchiladas. I personally like a bit more on my plate, but then again, that's a huge key when it comes to nutrition, portion control. In addition, as much as I might have preferred more food, I really refrained from snacking in the evenings this week as I normally do and did not find myself to be more hungry.
You can find these meals at tons of different grocery stores and get more info on their website at luvoinc.com. On top of being race week, it's been a bit of a crazy week in my home as well, and so having a meal that is quick and easy to prepare with no mess or cleanup, was a huge perk as well. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out.
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