Wow, that sounds great! Lately I've been enjoying some fresh fruit (whatever I have on hand) in plain yogurt with a half piece of something bready (english muffin, toast, etc). I used to do Clif Bars or a full bagel/muffin dealio but it sat like a lump in my tummy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad">
I can't do bread or bagels (unless it's slathered in cream cheese) or dry stuff in the morning. I need something moist yet substantial so I don't feel those nagging hunger pains. You can make the polenta as moist or dry as you like, and I'm even going to add some diced apple to it as it cooks for added sweetness and moisture.<br><br>
Plus, it's loaded with carbs, iron, and other good-for-you minerals and nutrients. I suppose you could even top it with a poached egg for a truly balanced meal. It would be a great post-run fuel as well.
hmmm, i've never tried polenta before. does it taste similar to something you can describe for me?<br><br>
my pre-run fuel is typically a nutrigrain bar and maybe a banana. Anything under 6 or 7 miles though, I usually don't have anything. But afterwards, I like a nice big mug of irish cream latte. MMMMM.
Polenta is essentially cornmeal cooked in water. Also known as cornmeal mush. Virtually no taste whatsoever. You can dress it up, though. For a savory side dish I throw in some sundried tomatoes packed in oil, browned onions, and chicken stock. Or you can top the plain polenta with grated cheese and heat it under the broiler. You can grill polenta, too.<br><br>
I just cannot stomach dry foods in the morning, and the cornmeal mush is very easily digested.<br><br>
I've started to eat before my 6 mile runs because I run a lot of hills and just feel oogy when I walk in the door. Just a light snack, really. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
This week, it was oatbran cereal at 8:30am and whole wheat toast with butter at 11:30am. I ran at 1pm. I prefer things without a lot of extra flavor, since I burp during my run and really hate peanut butter burps, or banana burps or bacon burps, etc. Ew. Polenta sounds like a good idea too.