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Apr 12, 2013 10:54 AM

Clean Italian food for Pre-Marathon

Any good recommendations for a pre-marathon meal? Looking for clean, healthy Italian food-- whole wheat pasta and tomato sauce; grilled salmon. Salad- maybe with avocado or something like that. Bonus if restaurant is nice- looking for a nice experience.


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  1. I've never heard the word "clean" used in this context. Can you elaborate?


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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I'm kind of puzzled by that one myself???

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        I knew a woman who was in Overeaters Anonymous. Anything she was allowed to eat, she called "clean." Sugar and flour were "dirty." Many other things were "clean," though she had lots of refinements and exceptions. She couldn't eat Mexican food. And pasta was fuggeddaboudit. Organic wasn't a thing those days.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          It's a popular term nowadays to describe a diet that's focused upon whole foods, mostly veggie and protein driven, without processed or overly unhealthy foods. Some people avoid grains completely on it, others will have only whole grains; some won't eat any dairy at all, others will have some. Lots of variability within the term.

        2. None of those things are Italian, (avocado? salmon?)... If you mean 'not-heavily red sauced/cheesed Italian,' you might try Sportello. They have a lobster/calamari fra diavolo on the new menu that's delicious and pretty light. The pasta is homemade, but not whole wheat.

          If you mean you want 'Italian as made by a cook at the Harvest Food Co-op,' then sorry I can't help you. The pre-marathon carbo-loading thing has been kind of debunked anyway.

          1. Gennaro's sounds close to what you're looking for. Natural meats, vegetarian and vegan (though you mentioned salmon) friendly. Very good fish.

            1. Pasta Beach will serve you a nice bowl of penne integrale with a good fresh tomato sauce and has a variety of salads (I have enjoyed all that I have tried, especially the salad with grilled eggplant). There is salmon on the menu but I go there for pasta and pizza, so I can't comment. It seems pretty clean, too.

              1. Do you mean clean as in organic? Clean as is in light (no heavy cheeses, butter, oil)? Clean as in the place its self is clean?