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5 Healthy Cookbooks That Were Made Just For Runners

Of course you can continue to search Pinterest for healthy meals, but if you’re like me, you’ve noticed that a lot of the recipes under that tag are not actually that healthy and are a bit over-shared. Thanks to some of the sport’s top dietitians and athletes, runners now have some great options for healthy and budget-friendly recipes for cooks of any level.

We rounded up a few of our favorite cookbooks to get you started in the kitchen—and all are guaranteed to fuel your performance and recovery.

Racing Weight Cookbook

This cookbook by Matt Fitzgerald and Georgie Fear takes every type of cook into consideration. Whether you are new to the kitchen or have been cooking up culinary masterpieces for years, you will find a section just for you. Some of the meals take as little as 15 minutes, giving you no excuse to not take the time to make yourself wholesome food.

Rocket Fuel

Thanks to Matthew Kadey, you will learn how to make foods that are nutritious and perfect to grab on your way to your next adventure. He even breaks down recipes so you know what to eat before, during and after exercise, making fueling and recovery even easier than before.

Real Fit Kitchen

This cookbook comes to you from Tara Mardigan and Kate Weiler and will change the way you look at sports nutrition. If you have been looking for a way to ditch the bars and powders and learn how to incorporate whole, nourishing foods into your diet, this is the book that will help you do it.

Related: Why Fueling Properly Is Definitely Not Rocket Science

The No Meat Athlete Cookbook

Vegetarian and vegan athletes, we didn’t forget about you. This cookbook is full of plant-powered recipes—including gluten- and soy-free options—that will keep you fueled for any activity. Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine came together to pack this cookbook full of their wisdom and go-to recipes.

Run Fast. Eat Slow.

Women’s running pioneer Shalane Flanagan teamed up with Elyse Kopecky to write this cookbook, full of recipes that Flanagan herself uses during her training. All of these recipes are full of flavor and you’ll find everything from breakfasts to desserts that satisfy your sweet tooth, while still providing you with nutrients you need to perform.

Related: The Story Behind The Highly Anticipated “Run Fast. Eat Slow.” Cookbook

Ashley Lauretta

Ashley Lauretta

Ashley Lauretta is the freelance web editor for Women's Running. A freelance journalist, she is the assistant editor at LAVA Magazine and has written for espnW, ELLE, Men's Journal, VICE Sports, Health and more. Find her online at ashleylauretta.com and on Twitter at @ashley_lauretta.