Fuel up with pre-run pork

Recreational runner and passionate baker Addison LaBonte took up distance running with her aunt following a successful sporting career at college.

However, after experiencing severe leg pain she was diagnosed with compartment syndrome. Faced with having to give up on her newfound love for running, a change in eating habits coincided with the disappearance of Addison’s condition.

“Through healthy eating and giving up gluten, I was able to run without pain,” she says.

“I have never been so grateful for being able to live a healthy and active lifestyle. My biggest goal is to create recipes that are both healthy and delicious!”

Now a certified nutrition coach, Addison now runs her own food blog to share her passion for gluten-free healthy eating, and features several ideas for fueling before and after distance runs.

“The night before a long run, I like to make a big dinner filled with healthy fats, lean protein, and vegetables,” she says. “Being gluten free, I much prefer sweet potatoes to any sort of bread or pasta.

“I make these Pork Carnitas and serve them with roasted sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, or with tortillas.  They are great in tacos, burritos and salads.

Paleo Pork Carnitas

3 pounds pork butt, or pork shoulder
2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp orange juice
1 chopped jalapeño


This is the slow cooker pork carnitas version. For an Instant Pot, see above.
1. First, pat pork dry with paper towels. Combine spices in a small bowl. Rub spice mix all over pork.
2. Add pork and remaining ingredients to a slow cooker. Cook on low for six to eight hours or on high for four to five hours.
3. Once pork is tender, discard all but 1/2 cup of the liquid. Shred pork with two forks. Discard bone(s).
4. Optional but highly recommended: preheat oven to broil. Add shredded pork and about 1/2 cup of the liquid to a baking sheet. Broil for four to five minutes. Watch closely to prevent burning.
5. Remove from oven and serve.

"After a long run, I love to refuel with a protein packed smoothie.  I always save room for dessert!  After dinner, I cannot resist some chocolate.

“I make these Paleo Brownies and my friends and family go crazy for them!  No one can believe they are healthier (and gluten free!).  I dare you to try one and not fall in love.”

For more recipe inspiration, follow @organicallyaddison on Instagram