Athlete’s Plate – June 30, 2011

Almond Butter reviews

I am really excited about showcasing this menu today because it is for a blogger who is a superb athlete who does not hide from sweating or eating.  In all honesty the blog could be called Sweat, Eat, Sweat More, Keep Eating and it would hit the nail on the head. The times that this blogger can put up will make you stare in awe.  Speed just seems to come out of every pore, followed by some carb loading (although I believe that is to be done before hand right?)  The posts that are written are funny and leave you with a question to answer.  You cannot go wrong with a daily visit to this bloggers site so that you can laugh and walk away entertained. The blogger I am speaking of is Emily of Sweat Once A Day.  Emily is racing Ironman Lake Placid in less than one month so please go to her blog and give her words of encouragement and if that is too much for you then find her on twitter (@emilysweats) and say good luck there, as I’m sure she will appreciate it.



Breakfast – Bagels and (Nut) Butter

Ingredients: 1 whole wheat bagel, 2tbs nut butter, 1 medium banana, 1tbs honey, 1tsp cinnamon spice Servings: 1 Directions:

  1. Toast bagel then spread nut butter on each half and top with sliced banana.
  2. Pour honey over banana and sprinkle the cinnamon spice over top.

AM Snack – Cranberry Walnut Cupcakes

Ingredients: 1/2c Soy Flour, 1/2c Garbanzo Bean Flour, 1/2c HoneyMilk (but any milk will do), 1/4c egg substitute (or 1 egg), 2 tbs peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter), 1 medium banana smashed, 2tbs cranberry


Easy To Pack AM Snack

jam, 1/4c chopped walnuts, 2tbs agave nectar Servings: 4 Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425*
  2. In one bowl mix all dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder)
  3. In a different bowl mix all wet ingredients (egg, peanut butter, banana, milk)
  4. Add dry to wet in increments and whisk to make sure all fully combined.
  5. After all dry is incorporated add in the nuts and mix to combine.
  6. Spray cupcake/muffin tin (this made 8 for me) with cooking spray.
  7. Fill in tin about 1/4 of the way then put in cranberry jam.
  8. Fill remainder of tin to about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way to the top.
  9. Put in oven for 12 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and pull cupcakes out of tin with a knife and set to cool.

Lunch – Cornbeef & Cabbage Carbs Sandwich

Saint-Patricks-Day-Vegetarian-Corned-Beef-Tempeh-Cabbage Sandwich


(recipe adapted from Ingredients: 1 8oz. package of your favorite tempeh, 1/4c olive oil, 1Tbs toasted sesame oil, 1Tbs tamari , 1/4tsp paprika, 1 pinch chili flake, 1/4tsp thyme (fresh or dried), 1 medium garlic clove (minced), 1c raw cabbage (shredded), 4 slices Rye bread, Whole Grain Mustard Servings: 2 Directions:


  1. Heat 1 T olive oil in a non-stick pan.
  2. Whisk together all ingredients except tempeh.
  3. Cut tempeh into pieces about 1/4 inch thick (be careful to not cut it too think or it will crumble.)
  4. Dip the slices into the marinade (just turning to coat them–don’t let them sit)
  5. Place tempeh into hot oiled pan and cook on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  6. When tempeh slices are golden, whisk 1Tbs of water to your leftover marinade, and pour the mixture into your skillet.
  7. Lower the heat. Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes more, then remove the lid and allow the tempeh to crisp up for just another minute.
  8. Set it aside and begin to assemble the sandwich
  9. On toasted rye bread spread whole grain mustard
  10. Layer on tempeh and cabbage then top with remaining slice.



PM Snack – Sweaty Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 bunch spinach, 1c almond milk, 1Tbs Nut Butter, 1/2 banana, 1/2c strawberries, ice Servings: 1 Directions:

  1. In blender whip all ingredients until it reaches your desired consistency.

Dinner – Rocketship Rigatoni

Ingredients: 6oz Jovial Foods Whole Grain Einkorn Rigatoni, 15oz can fire roasted tomatoes, 15oz can cannelini beans, 2c spinach, 1Tbs olive oil, salt & pepper to taste

Servings: 2


2oz will fill you for a long time.



  1. Bring pot of water to a boil.  Once water is boiling add pasta and cook for 13 minutes.
  2. In non-stick skillet add 1Tbs olive oil and heat.
  3. Once oil is hot add in tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add in cannelini beans and stir to combine then let sit.
  5. After the pasta is done cooking remove and strain water and set aside.
  6. Turn off heat on bean and tomato mixture and add in spinach.
  7. Fold beans and tomatoes over top of spinach so it begins to wilt.
  8. Once wilted put some of the mixture on bottom of bowl then add pasta on top.
  9. Finish off with more sauce and serve.

Emily – Hopefully these meals will get you the carb-tastic euphoria you are seeking especially after triple brick workouts.  Good luck at IMLP but luck is for those that have not prepared and you are prepared.
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  1. Emily says:

    Ahhh I love this!!! And believe me, carb loading DOES happen before…and after…and during…and before again…and did I mention after?

    I LOVE that cupcakes made my morning menu, because who doesn’t want delicious baked goods before most people are out of bed in the morning? And Rocketship pasta? I die. Also nut butter at multiple meals? Did my office alert you to the costco sized container on my desk in addition to the natural nut butter in the office fridge? Or do you just read my blog and know that I’m hopelessly addicted to all things carbs and nut butter? You’ve got me pegged Jason, well done!

    • Jason says:

      I am pretty good at stalking (I mean following) blogs that inspire and so it wasn’t that hard to recreate. And who doesn’t love nut butter. I mean the 6 or 7 jars in my pantry right now is probably a little light for this household.

  2. Marlene says:

    You’re so right about Emily – I swear, I work up a sweat AND an appetite just reading that girl’s blog! Great looking menu!!

  3. yummy on the rigatoni!

  4. Michael says:

    You know I looked for tempeh this week and couldn’t find it. I guess I need to actually hit a Whole Foods or something. Everything looks great as usual.

    Hey, make sure to read my current post please :) It’s an interview with a local Ironman athlete. I want to make sure people read it because he was so nice to do the interview for me.

    • Jason says:

      I am surprised you can’t find Tempeh. I get mine from all places even my regular Kroger. I usually find it in the refrigerated section near the other vegetarian items like soy protein products.

      I will head over to your blog today for sure. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Colleen says:

    Those cupcakes look divine… :)

  6. Jill says:

    Aside from lunch (bleh!), I think I could eat this!!! Yay!
    Go, Emily!!!

    • Jason says:

      Now as I tell my 5 year old, I am going to tell you: we don’t make comments about other people’s food just because we don’t like it especially if we haven’t tried it.

      So, have you tried it? And if not how do you know you don’t like it?

      That is my parenting PSA…..hahahaha!

      As always thanks for commenting. Where is your email with blog questions? Where is your twitter account?

      How are your ribs feeling?

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