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Pumpkins And Cream

Question of the Day:

Hey Katie! i have a question- Do you ever have no appetite after running? I know I need more calories, but I have NO appetite and just can’t bring myself to eat anything when I finish exercising. Is it ok to wait until I’m hungry? Do you encounter this? How do you eat when you aren’t hungry?

Yes, sometimes after running, I am not hungry at all! But I make breakfast anyway. It’s really important to eat within an hour of finishing strenuous exercise, to jumpstart muscle recovery and restore glycogen (the main fuel used during exercise). And breakfast always tastes so good that, after the first bite, my appetite comes running back.

Breakfast Time:

silk creamer

You need not be a coffee-drinker to appreciate Silk creamer. I rarely drink coffee. Maybe a few times a month, I’ll drink like 1/2 a glass to really wake me up before a run… but even then, I drink it black. So I was under the impression that there was no use for creamer in my life. Until one day, when I came across a pudding recipe that called for creamer…


Kabocha Cream Mousse

  • 1 cup cooked kabocha (here’s how to cook a kabocha)
  • pinch salt
  • 3-4 tbsp nondairy creamer, such as Silk creamer

Blend everything in a small blender (like a Magic Bullet) or with a hand blender. Or mash very well by hand.

Other non-coffee uses for creamer: Pour a tbsp or so on any of my Oatmeal Recipes.


Such as the above: Beauty Queen Oatmeal.

Published on March 23, 2010

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  1. jcd says

    Good question, and excellent answer! I never have an appetite after running, but I always make something yummy and eat it. Somehow, I can always get a fudge baby or two down before I go for a shower and get ready for work. This week’s fudge baby combination is cashews, pepitas, and cranberries. 🙂

    We’re not big into creamer. Thick coconut milk usually fills in the gap for us. But… I have this great recipe for homemade chocolate hazelnut spread that uses creamer… mmmm… so yummy!

  2. Marina says

    I’m never hungry after a run!
    I mean, I don’t run pretty often, but after it, I just have no appetite, and after I stretch, shower and decide that I need to eat passes a really long time.Maybe that’s why my legs are killing me, even 5 days after my last run!

  3. Keri - IEatTrees says

    I can’t stomach food right after a workout at all! If I feel a little shaky or can tell my body needs something I’ll do a smoothie or green juice.
    I love those Silk creamers! I drink my coffee black, but I love the french vanilla for a treat. I need to get the original and try some recipes!

  4. McKella says

    Mmm…pumpkin pudding.
    I don’t run, but I make sure to eat at least a little something after a workout. I’m usually hungry within an hour anyway.

  5. Jessica (PB & Jess) says

    I tend to lose my appetite after really long runs. I usually wait 30-45 min and then have a snack or small meal. You’re right about the first bite…it always makes me want more!

    I have plain coconut milk creamer at home right now. I rarely buy it since I don’t drink coffee at home, but my mom is visiting and she requested some. I’ll try it in my oatbran tomorrow!

  6. curious says

    @ Valerie,
    Hi Valerie, I’m just curious, have you tried the coconut creamer? I was disappointed in it, because it seemed watery to me. Wa that just me? Or maybe you have to use more?

  7. jaclyn@todayslady says

    I’m usually not hungry right after I exercise but my appetite comes as soon as I start eating. I know it’s important to eat within an hour of exercising so I try to do that. If I don’t eat within the hour I sometimes get a bit light headed even if I eventually eat something. It’s a feeling I like to avoid 🙂

  8. Amy @ Everything is Homemade says

    Sometimes I’m starving after a workout or run and can’t seem to eat enough. But other times I’m not hungry at all. Not sure why it goes one way or the other.

    I love Silk French Vanilla Creamer. I’ve been drinking it in my coffee almost every morning for a month now. But I’m out so I need some more and now want to try the coconut creamer Valerie mentioned. Thanks Valerie!

  9. julie says

    thanks katie! i’ve always seen the silk creamer at the store, but i don’t drink coffee, so i never buy it. now i will!

  10. Mary says

    I know I’m not Valerie, but I wanted to give my two-cents :). I thought that the coconut creamer was disappointing as well. Have you tried regular coconut milk as a replacement? It actually works quite well in coffee, surprisingly enough! And it’s much cheaper!

  11. Anonymous says

    thanks for the link to the soy and processed foods post. i read it a while ago, but it is something i needed to hear again. i really need to stop feeling so guilty and apologizing for eating my soy and processed foods.
    i have a very healthy diet thank you very much!

  12. *Andrea* says

    my fav use for creamer is in coffee..yes, i’m a caffeine fiend lol. i need to wean myself off though because i’ve noticed that i am grouchy without my daily iced soy latte ahhh.

    this looks great though in the mousse! i love squash too. and that barley looks so delicious. i like how your meals are so colorful! and easy for me to replicate, especially the broccoli method 😉

  13. Evan Thomas says

    My appetite’s usually dead in the morning “when I work out” and then I go mad at night eating everythign in sight. It’s not optimal but as long as the food gets in there I can’t be sorry

  14. Sünne says

    I want that chocolate-covered meal of the day so badly! Mail it to me, please!?

    … and we seem to have a similiar music preference as I’ve been listening to “1901” over and over again during the last time, too!

  15. Heather says

    I’m not usually hungry after a run, but other exercise I’m just fine! I try to have a glass of milk or something after a run to help with recovery, then have a meal or snack when my appetite comes back.

  16. Tiffany says

    Katie, I’m the same way; I don’t always have a big appetite immediately post-workout, but I make myself breakfast anyway and that first bite reminds me that I did want (and need) to eat after all.

    I pretty much reserve the use of soy creamer for making vegan ice cream (it never touches my coffee, which I like strong and black). Because the creamer is always sweetened, I don’t use it for savory dishes, because I feel like it would add too much sweetness or an off flavor. I’m curious if that’s ever been an issue for anyone…

  17. Leah says

    I never have a problem eating after a run, normally I’m planning my breakfast during the last mile haha! Also, I’ve never tried the soy creamer, but the coconut milk creamer is sooooo good! I don’t even drink coffee, but I love to drizzle it over my oats!

  18. Jordan says

    I’m usually never hungry after a strenuous workout. It’ll take me sometimes a couple of hours to get any sort of appetite. I find that I become much hungrier as the day progresses.
    And how funny – I JUST bought that Silk creamer a few days ago because it was on sale! I like it in my coffee, but I didn’t think about using it in recipes. Thanks for the great ideas!

  19. Bianca- Vegan Crunk says

    I know its boring but my fave use of soy creamer is in my coffee … but only because my coffee is my life. I live to drink coffee. Seriously. But soy creamer (and that tasty So Delicious Coconut creamer … my fave!) also makes a mean alfredo sauce … and I use in it my homemade tofu ricotta.

    I’m always famished when I come home from the gym. But I go to the gym right after work, so when I get home, it’s dinnertime.

  20. Chocolate-Covered Katie says

    I love that song, but must admit I don’t even know what they’re singing about. Maybe I should at least google the lyrics! When I listen to it, all I can make out is “hey hey hey hey hey!” 🙂

  21. ilanalala says

    My appetite is pretty nonexistant post-Pilates but I have about a half an hour on the bus and subway home and by the time I get home I’m usually ready to make dinner! It works out pretty well.

  22. Stephanie says

    Exercise definitely helps modulate my appetite throughout the day. However, considering the fact that I work out at noon, by the time I’m finished at 1.15 I am ravenous.

  23. abby says

    Look what you made me do. I saw this post this morning and I just got back from the grocery store, complete with a carton of soy creamer :).

  24. tori says

    my favorite use for creamer is your recipe for chocolate covered strawberry icecream! I made this a few weeks ago and used soy cream instead of milk. I recently bought coconut cream so I’m going to try using that next

  25. rebekah (clarity in creation.) says

    thanks for putting so much time and energy into my random question 🙂

    ps – i’ve been doing a lot better with making myself eat. i think my metabolism is adjusting because i’m actually starting to feel HUNGRY again every once in a while 🙂
    thanks girl!

  26. caronae says

    Never would have thought of using creamer like that! How clever! And I’m almost always hungry after exercising/running, but every once in a while I’m not and I wait an hour or two.
    Happy Tuesday 🙂

  27. Justine says

    I am never hungry after a workout- even if I was hungry before-hand. I have no idea why this is. It is not just with walking/jogging though- pilates, yoga, biking, whatever. I just steals my appetite away for a while.

  28. BroccoliHut says

    I usually have about a half hour afterward when I have no appetite. When I run at the gym though, I am ready for breakfast by the time I get home!

  29. Vaala says

    Yeah, I never have an appetite after training but you have to eat. Normally I eat some rice crackers straight away (you need carbs within the first 20 minutes after exercise, preferably without protein) and then eat something larger a little while later when I can stomach it.

    Also, I encounter this problem during adventure racing and other endurance races. Every hour we have to eat something and it’s a time we dread! It’s funny ’cause I do love food normally.

    By the way, what on earth is soy creamer? If you do encounter a recipe with it, what could you substitute instead? We don’t get it here in NZ.

  30. Danielle says

    Pumpkin Cream Mousse?! Love it 😀

    I have what I like to call the “8 mile appetite syndrome.” Anything below 8 miles…my hunger is non-existent (but I eat anyways!) Anything over 8 miles and im a hungry girl 🙂

  31. Katie says

    Uh, SO yum. I can only imagine how creamy and sweet the effect of that creamer is!! Also, I ALWAYS lose my appetite after running. Always.

  32. Pure2raw twins says

    Everything looks yummy, especially Pumpkin mousse. Lately Lori and I have been creating all different types of pre and post workout snacks. Mostly made out of dates or bananas with some coconut oil, hemp seeds, cinnamon, and spirulina.

  33. Monica says

    Katie–you just earned major cool points for having 1901 as your song-o-the day! Phoenix is my favorite band to listen to when doing a little running action 😀

  34. Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle says

    My appetite is soooo low after running. Especially after long runs, where I NEED to eat. Even if it’s smaller than a whole meal, I do try to eat something so my muscles can repair.. smoothies are good on a testy tummy, or just some bread with nut butter.

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