Efficiency has been the topic of discussion with training lately. If more power with less effort equals better performance in longer events, would't the same general goal apply for making the most of our food? Finding ways to combine nutrient-dense ingredients with little effort equals high-efficiency fueling.
When it comes to fueling, I've notice a pretty strong trend among clients (and myself): efficiency rules. We athletes are always on the go and often looking for a ways to simplify. Fancy-smancy meals have their time and place, but the majority of my nutrition comes from combining whole food ingredients in creative ways that will both appease my appetite, please my cravings and meet my long-term nutritional and training goals (geez, talk about having high expectations??)
And like pretty much all endurance athletes, I could probably survive on PB toast alone...but wait, don't forget the chocolate! And if you're particularly observant you've probably noticed my affinity for coconut. So today's recipe is one of my favorite afternoon snacks combining a few of my favorite things, including only 7 ingredients and requiring less than 5 minutes to make so you can spend less time laboring in the kitchen and more time savoring every bite. I particularly enjoy this Loaded PBB toast in the afternoon when I'm looking for something nutritious to help me power through the latter half of my day and match my sweet tooth (I can find any excuse to add chocolate, just sayin') Seriously though! The combo of fat + fiber has tremendous staying power, plus B-vitamins, omega-3's, and antioxidants makes for a nutrient-dense snack and a happy belly.
Savior the flavor of eating right: nutrition doesn't have to be complicated! Enjoy :)
The hardest part about writing this post? Saving the second piece for the hubz (sharing is caring :)
What is your favorite go-to, quick-prep simple snack of choice?
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
Another year has flown by, which means it's time to sit back and reflect on the past season. It has been a season of challenge in many regards, and most definitely not the season I had hoped or planned for. Thinking back to my coaching meeting in January, coach Jim and I had discussed taking things to the next level and I set some pretty high goals for myself. That remained the plan through June, until I through a complete 180 by dropping Chattanooga and deciding to focus on my health. I can vividly remember that day, sitting next to the pool after a short workout when coach asked if Chattanooga was still in the cards. I don't remember whether or not I actually responded, but I do remember the emptiness and defeat I felt in that moment knowing in my heart that the answer was no. I consider myself a "fighter"... being Italian makes me stubborn to the core and I am very loyal to the commitments that I make. However, in that moment God was calling me to let go of my own personal plans and trust in Him instead. As humbling and difficult as it was to walk away from Ironman training this past season, I'm incredibly glad that I did.Hearty Miso Soup
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