Active Cookbook: Best Slimmed-Down Carb- and Protein-Rich Recipes for Athletes

Recipes suggested for runners, triathletes, cyclists and fitness buffs who are training for upcoming events almost always include pasta, oatmeal and whole-grain pancakes. There's nothing wrong with these carb-rich staples; for a low cost and short prep time, they provide the nutrition endurance athletes need, but the lack of variety can get tiresome season after season. And for those watching their weight, it can be challenging to keep portion sizes in check when a plate or bowl full of pasta or oats are the focal points of a recipe.

Spice up your pre-race prep period with recipes that combine out-of-the-pasta-box carbs with lean protein so you can up your training game without getting weighed down by too much of one macronutrient.

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