Mae’s Menu’s mission is to create healthy recipes & inspiration for runners, athletes, and other active people.
We believe that food is fuel and therefore should be healthy, accessible to all, and approachable for any lifestyle. We know that life gets busy. We work hard to provide healthy meals, recipes, and meal planning tips that can help keep even the busiest week healthy and sane.
We believe that anyone can cook healthy meals with the right recipes and direction. Around here, there’s no such thing as a bad cook, just not great recipes. So we strive to write the best and easiest to read recipes so everyone can confidently enjoy cooking and nourishing themselves with amazing food.
We believe in balance; that physical health doesn’t come from obsessive restriction, but from adding in nutritious foods that nourish the body. Because of the mind-body connection, nourishing physical and mental health means eating more classically healthy foods while also occasionally enjoying more indulgent and heart-warming recipes built on the basis of whole foods.
Whether you want meals that that fit into your marathon training diet, are an athlete looking for meals to fuel your sport, or are a weekend warrior looking for quick and easy weeknight meals, we have you covered and re so happy you’re here.
About Chelsea (“Mae”)
Hi! Thank you so much for joining us! I’m Chelsea (“Mae”). I’m a home cook of 20+ years, hairdresser, and avid runner and reader.
You can now find me in the kitchen or behind the chair most days, but I’ve had stints in digital marketing, non-profit work, and childcare. I got my B.S. from Northwestern University in Human Development & Psychological services so you could say I like to read and think about wellness quite a bit, too.
I believe in creativity, balance, and investing in family and friends, and learning more about the world through travel, reading, and constant curiosity. In my teens and early twenties, I struggled with eating disorders but by working through them discovered a balanced diet and active lifestyle that has brought me so much joy, energy, freedom, and an ever-growing peace with my body.
Since my mid-twenties, I’ve run 10 half marathons, 3 marathons, and more than a handful of 5Ks. My current running goals are to get my 5K speed down and then start training again for a fall marathon with the goal of finally qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
It’s my privilege and joy to bring you recipes for your active lifestyle: running recipes, quick and balanced meals for busy days, and meals and recipes for other active athletes and adventurers. In the process, I throw in quite a few gluten free, dairy free, no processed sugar, and vegan recipes but the only dietary preference I personally subscribe to is balance.
To reach that end, I also occasionally share gourmet recipes that are perfect to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon or relaxing evening with friends. Either way, I’m always striving to build my recipes off of a majority of varied whole foods to best harness the nutrients that bring us health.
Thanks again for joining me! I look forward to all the good meals and times we have ahead as we hang out and cook together. Please feel free to drop by the kitchen in the comments section to say “hi” and let me know if there’s ever any particular new recipes you’d like me to share.