Meat-Free Trail Running

Over the next few weeks, we’ll feature the fuelling habits of a few South African trail runners who were brave enough to share their meal plans, food thoughts and long run snack ideas with us. Nutrition is a somewhat controversial, but fundamental part of any exercise regime, and we all do it differently. This week, one of the #NoMeatAthletes let us in to her kitchen.

Jorja Scott (35) is a veterinary assistant, trail-running, yoga mom from Noordhoek. She trains on Table Mountain around 3 times a week, and practises yoga daily. Her goal for the year is completion of the UTCT 35km race in December. Jorja follows an Ovo Vegetarian diet, which includes eggs but no other animal products, and no dairy at all. She includes as much raw food as possible in to her diet, predominantly in smoothies and veggie juices. With a bit of careful planning and preparation, she finds this way of eating easy to follow.

Jorja’s regular shopping list includes Wazoogles protein powder, sweet potatoes, nuts, berries, fresh fruit and veg from suppliers who don't cover everything in tons of plastic. Jorja prefers to support Low Impact Living over mainstream grocery stores. Check them out  or visit on a Saturday morning (Low Impact Living, 12-14 Glen Road, Glencairn).

“I became a vegetarian at the age of 10 when I realised that animals were farmed for our consumption... this absolutely freaked me out and the more I understood the processes involved, the less I wanted to do with it all.

About 5 years ago I started running with whole food (real food) energy sources instead of the gels and artificial products I always used (especially during my road running days). I definitely noticed more sustained energy levels, less of the post-race blues and a much happier tummy.”

What are the common misconceptions about eating this way?

“People seem to think that it's boring and less delicious... rubbish!!” 

Favourite long run fuel?

“Homemade date balls and chia paste.”

Favourite recovery food / beverage?

“Smoothie made with Wazoogles protein powder, spinach, frozen bananas, blueberries, almond butter and coconut water.”

 From Jorja’s Recipe Collection:

Carrot Cake Oats

1 cup oats
1 cup of grated carrot
2 cups of almond milk 

2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 teaspoons cinnamon (can you ever have enough?)
1 tablespoon of honey
1/4 cup of pecan nuts

1/4 cup of raisins and cranberries 

Put the carrot, oats and milk in a pot over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Reduce to simmer and stir for 3-4 minutes until liquid is almost absorbed.
Add egg whites if using, and whisk quickly until thick and creamy. Add the honey, vanilla, cinnamon, raisins and pecans. Stir until combined and remove from the heat.

Lentil and Quinoa Stew


1 onion

3 carrots

3 stalks celery

In coconut oil for 8mins (ish)


3 cloves garlic crushed

1/2 ts tumeric

1 and 1/2 ts cumin powder

1/2 ts ginger ground 

2 ts salt

Stir nicely so coats the veg

Then add

1 cup lentils (I used brown)

1/2 cup quinoa

5 cups water (start with 3 and add as lentils & quinoa cook...)

2 cups tomatoes (tinned/bottled)


Simmer for about 20mins... might need to add water along the way.

Could definitely add spinach/kale/sweet potato


Advice to anyone looking to change over to your kind of fuel plan?

“Give it a try, listen to your body and get the right products... a lot of people are vegetarian and rely too heavily on carbohydrates...  carbs are amazing but the right kind of carbs (think sweet potatoes).  Experiment with legumes (lentils, chickpeas) and chia seeds will change your world!“ 

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