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Ideal post-race pig-outs from U Sports champs

We polled the winning teams from this year's U Sports XC championships on their favourite recovery foods after a big effort

Let’s face it, daydreaming about what you’re going to eat after your workout is sometimes what gets you through it. And there’s something about running in the cool temperatures of fall and winter that make the post-run recovery meal even yummier and more appealing. Who better to ask about what they like to eat after a hard run than the winning cross-country teams from this year’s U Sports championships?

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Laval women. Photo: Maxine Gravina

On November 10, the Laval Rouge et Or women, comprised of Aurélie Dubé-LavoieCatherine BeaucheminAnne-Marie ComeauJessy Lacourse and Jade Bérubé became the first women’s cross-country team from the RSEQ to win a national title. The Calgary men had had some significant setbacks this season and were not expected to win, but they did. And we’re pretty sure whatever they wolfed down after the event never tasted so good.

We had Laval’s Dubé-Lavoie and Calgary’s Russell Pennock poll their teams for favourite recovery foods, and here’s what we got.


The Calgary men’s favourite is the huge calzones they get at an Italian restaurant in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on their way home from the Northwest Inland Classic, a meet they attend every year in Lewiston. “A calzone is kind of like a pizza folded in on itself,” Pennock explains to the uninitiated. “One has cheese, one has breaded chicken in it, one has Italian meats in it, and there are other fillings. Those are a pretty big favourite of our team.”

The Dinos also love to go out for all-you-can-eat sushi. 

And they’re partial to the meal-replacement products Boost and Ensure. “I think they’re meant for an older population,” says Pennock, “but whatever. I like the high-protein formula.”


The ladies, on the other hand, simply gave us a mouth-watering list of their favourites: 

Cranberry-orange squares (recipe below)
Chocolate soy milk
La Bomba Rosa by Madame Labriski. (Mme. Labriski is Mériane Labrie, a Quebec mother, entrepreneur and 3:08 marathoner who created a company using date purée as a sweetener for healthy snacks)
Clark brand Maple-Style Beans, an excellent source of fibre, calcium and iron (and made in Canada)
Apple pie
Cinnamon buns
Nature’s Bakery fig bars

Cranberry and orange squares (recipe courtesy of Isabelle Morin)

1 cup ground almonds 
1 cup whole wheat flour 
⅓ cup brown sugar 
¼ cup melted butter 
1 egg 
1½ cups cranberries, fresh or frozen 
⅓ cup white chocolate chips 
2 cups plain Greek yogurt 
zest of one orange 
¼ cup sugar 
½ cup vanilla 
2 tablespoons cornstarch 
⅓ cup slivered almonds
1. Place rack in centre of oven and preheat to 350 F. Line the bottom of an 8″ square pan with parchment paper 
2. In a bowl, combine the ground almonds, flour and brown sugar 
3. Add melted butter and egg and mix well, form into a ball 
4. Using hands, press the dough evenly into the bottom of the pan 
5. Spoon cranberries and chocolate chips onto the dough 
6. In a large bowl, combine Greek yogurt, orange peel, sugar, vanilla and cornstarch. Mix well with a whisk to prevent lumps 
7. Spread the yogurt mixture evenly over the cranberries 
8. Garnish with sliced almonds and bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned 
9. Allow to cool completely before cutting into 16 parts. Keep refrigerated.