Food prep for long days of work.

If you are affiliated with a Running Room store, or just happened to stop by in the last couple of weeks, you may have heard about the annual 20-Minute-Challenge event. The Running Room hosts a FREE 20 minute walk or run event every year and you could get a free hat, water, and protein bar just for showing up! Last night the Challenge was held all across Canada in all of the Running Room stores. As an employee, I chose to be event photographer… it was a nice change from taking photos of my salads and my running shoes. 

We had a great turn-out! I don’t know the exact numbers but considering how humid, hot, and smoky (lots of forest fires have been burning and the winds have brought the ash and smoke to us) weather, we did great! Plus free hats so you can’t go wrong!

Even these two showed up for a 20-minute run! We had lots of people running and a bunch walking! I just stood around feeling lazy and taking pictures of other people being active! Run envy is real, people.

When I got home from the 20-Minute Challenge event I did some food prep for my next few shifts at work! Failing to plan is planning to fail… a motto I live my life by. That is the reason my iCal is insanely detailed, my school schedules are made over 6 months in advance, and why I decided to spend an easy 30 minutes prepping some lunches for my busy work days. Some mornings I just don’t feel like chopping up vegetables and creating my compartmentalized salads… I love love love them, but making one every morning takes a bit of time. Instead, I made a quinoa salad.

There is a whole lot of goodness in the photo above. I think I hit a few super foods and definitely got some amazing nutrients and vitamins, as well as protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. I think the nutrition label for quinoa speaks for itself. Fibre, protein, healthy fats, potassium… it’s a powerhouse! If you are looking to get the most bang for your buck carbohydrate-wise, cook up some quinoa!

I cooked my quinoa in water and a bit of low-sodium taco seasoning. We didn’t have any vegetable broth in the house so I added some flavour in another way. I chopped up onion, green pepper, red pepper, and avocado. I also added a drained can of peaches and cream corn kernels and a rinsed can of chick-peas. Chickpeas are another great source of protein and fibre, especially for a vegetarian! I added some random seasonings to the vegetables mixture (think; cumin and oregano) and then once the quinoa was done cooking, I mixed it all together. The avocado creates kind of a creamy “dressing” when it is all mixed. Healthier than any other dressings you will find on a grocery store shelf, that’s for sure. 

Just a selfie with my quinoa. #quinoaselfie. That should be a thing.

Aaaaaaand voila! This could be lunch or dinner! I would probably grab an apple and a greek yogurt cup and be out the door! Super easy and the longest part was cooking the quinoa! I am always struggling to find a “main dish” when I pack a lunch for work and I usually end up with 6 different snacks. Having this quinoa salad in the fridge makes it easy to create an awesome lunch with a good hearty “main dish” that is super healthy!

I was on a roll with the knife and cutting board, so while the quinoa was cooking I chopped up some fruit too. The rest of my family may not be happy that I just placed 903 Tupperware containers in the fridge, and labeled them with pink sticky notes that say “Kris,” all prepped with my lunches, but I am definitely happy! Cantaloupe anyone?

Did anyone go to their local Running Room 20-Minute-Challenge? 

Do you food prep? What is your go-to meal to prep?


  1. All that food prep makes me hungry! The salad looks amazing!!! I heard of the 20 minute challenge but I completely forgot about it on the day! 🙁 It’s cool to see your name on the group leader board. 😀

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