5 Tasty Recipes For Your Next Carb Load

5 Tasty Recipes For Your Next Carb Load | NordicTrack Blog

Carb loading doesn’t have to be plain-old, durum wheat pasta every single time before every single race. It can be fun and tasty. Although white pasta is a good idea the morning of the race to avoid runner’s trots, carb loading can be full of good-tasting, good-for-you food. Wow yourself and wow your friends before the next race with these recipes:

1. Spiced Potato & Pea Parathas

Recipe from Katie At The Kitchen Door.

A paratha is a specialty of Indian cuisine, like an Indian calzone.



Carb Loading With Spiced Potato & Pea Parathas – NordicTrack Blog
  • 1 cup Whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Scant 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 cups Spiced potato and pea filling, recipe below
  • 2 tbs Vegetable oil


  • 1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed, and cut into 1- inch cubes
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp Black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Minced garlic or garlic mashed to a paste (1 large clove)
  • 1 cup Finely chopped onion
  • 2 Jalapenos, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup Frozen peas
  • 1 tsp Salt, or to taste

Get the full recipe here.

2. Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Potato Pizza

Recipe from Sea salt with food.

This potato-on-pizza-dough dish is a carb-on-carb delight. Potatoes and dough mean you’ll get plenty of energy.


Carb Loading With Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Potato Pizza – NordicTrack Blog
  • 2 Packets (about 300 grams each) fresh pizza dough (available at Whole Foods Market)
  • 6 tbs Fresh basil pesto, divided (recipe here)
  • 1 Large fresh mozzarella, torn and divided
  • 1 Bag (600 grams) fingerling potatoes, ½ inch diced
  • 2 tbs Olive oil
  • 4 Sprigs rosemary
  • 4 Cloves garlic, smashed
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Chili flakes, optional

Get the full recipe here.

3. Yaki Udon with Dashi Butter

Recipe from Pickled Plum.

Why not get exotic before the big marathon? Udon is a Japanese wheat noodle. Try this to-die-for udon dish, but remember when carb loading, it’s important to eat foods your body is already familiar with, so make sure this one is worked into your diet beforehand.


Carb Loading With Yaki Udon with Dashi Butter – NordicTrack Blog
  • 208 grams Packaged pre-cooked udon (or 3 ounces dry udon noodles)
  • 1 tbs Butter salted
  • 1 tbs Water
  • 1/2 tsp Dashi powder
  • 1 tbs Soy sauce
  • 3 Stalks scallions chopped
  • Shredded nori
  • Bonito flakes (Katsuobushi)

Get the recipe here.

4. Strawberry Quinoa Pancakes

Recipe from Recipe Runner.

Pancakes have been around since the days of Alexander Hamilton, but these are a new twist on an old classic.


Strawberry Quinoa Pancakes

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  • 1 cup Red quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup Whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbs Granulated sugar or raw sugar
  • 1 tbs + 1 tsp Baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup Skim milk
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Almond extract
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries, diced

Strawberry Sauce

  • 1 lb. Strawberries, diced
  • 2 tbs Pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Get the recipe here.

5. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls

Recipe from Recipe Runner.

This one may be the perfect balance of everything. Sweet potatoes. Black Beans. Quinoa. Topped off with a special lime cilantro sauce. It will make you wish every day was race day eve. (Find out why everyone talks about Quinoa here.)


Carb Loading With Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls – NordicTrack Blog

Toasted Sweet Potato

  • 1 large Sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt


  • 3/4 cup Red quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cups Water
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 2 tbs Cilantro, chopped

Cilantro Cream Drizzle

  • 1/4 cup Plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Agave nectar or honey
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Pinch of salt, garlic powder, and chili powder

Other Ingredients

  • 1 cup Black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Cilantro for garnishing

Get the recipe here.

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