This past weekend, Canadian Charlotte Prouse certainly gained more of a fan following. The runner, who competes for the University of New Mexico and hails from London, Ont., was the top Canadian woman to cross the finish line at the NCAA Division One Cross-Country Championships. She ran 19:49 for 6K and helped her team to first place overall. Individually, she placed 12th.

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It’s no secret that Prouse treats her body right in order to run that fast. She actually has a separate Instagram, Fuelling Foodie, where she posts her best breakfasts, lunches and dinners. What exactly is this woman eating to have become such a champ? Well… we browsed through and picked some of our favourites. For the Canadian Running twist, find similar recipes in each of the below descriptions.

Lime pomegranate veggie bowl

Throwing your favourite fresh produce into a bowl is one of the best ways to load up on much-needed vitamins in the winter. Our suggestions of healthy and yummy Buddha bowls are here. Long live the macro bowl. 

Zucchini Asian noodle dish

Who isn’t a fan of sesame-flavoured dishes? Sesame noodle salads are a lunch option similar to this one. We can feel a batch-cooking session coming on…  

Cauliflower crust pizza

Seriously, we idolize this gal for her commitment to healthy eating. It turns out there are ways to eat pizza guilt-free and we’d choose these Insta-worthy slices over the greasy picks at our location joint any day. Looking for more healthy alternative pizza crust ideas? Check out our sunflower seed and beet crust recipe here

Smoothie bowl

Looking for creative ways to shake up that plain ol’ breakfast of yours? Try this earl grey tea infused oatmeal topped with fresh fruit. Or just copy Charlotte’s by blending a smoothie and adding your favourite cereal and toppings. This is the stuff true cross-country runners are fuelling on… apparently. 

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  • Steve Boyd says:

    These are gorgeous pictures, but it should be pointed out the none of these “meals” has more than 300-400 calories, and only one includes any carbohydrates whatsoever. So-called “healthy/clean” eating can often be a cover for calorie restriction. Very few runners who have had success at any level have truly poor diets. And, in the end, the most important thing any runner needs to eat is simply “enough”. After that, there is a very broad band of optimality when it comes to nutrition. As a coach of elite female runners, I am also concerned (and a little depressed, frankly), by the disproportionate emphasis on food and diet in the social media feeds of our top women. They should be cutting against the perception that serious sport is a unique risk to the health of female athletes (hence the need for hyper-vigilance around diet) rather than reinforcing it– which they do, by talking as much about food as about training/performance, and the general love of the latter for its own sake.

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