Athlete’s Plate by the Athletes

Last week the Athlete’s Plate came back to some fan fare.  It seemed that you liked the way that this feature is being presented now and I appreciate the feedback.  It is  great to get emails from you, the athlete, about what you are eating and how you can improve.  I know that there is some fear in sending it over but don’t be afraid because from what I have received to date you are all on the right track.  Send in your pictures, bio, twitter and facebook accounts and allow me the pleasure to feature you in this section.

Becky provided us with a great start last week with her pictures and this week I am featuring Samantha of RunCupcake fame on Twitter plus the Running and Cupcakes blog.

Samantha is a 29 year old runner from Rhode Island who has been running since May 2010. The big running bug bit her after running her first half marathon in January 2011.  It became a goal to run a marathon after she finished that half before turning 30 (November), as well as to run 12 races in 12 months (currently sitting at 10 as of this writing.)  Her second marathon – the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, OH is on September 17th.

Fitness and nutrition are slowly becoming her life.  Having changed college majors from accounting to exercise physiology with a minor in nutrition, she plans on becoming a personal trainer!  Her goal is to educate people on what they can do to live the healthiest life possible, without sacrificing the things they love (like cupcakes and candy for me).  She loves to help people – and want to be an influence that helps lower the obesity levels in this country (sounds like somebody else I know.)



Waffles with Peanut Butter and Honey (fresh from a friend who raises bees) - great way to start the day



Mid-Morning Snack to stave off hunger and keep metabolism going



Balanced Meal For Lunch - Steak, Rice and Asparagus




Greek Yogurt is a staple in the CTER House


Don't deprive yourself otherwise you will gorge


Spaghetti with Chicken Francaise


Chicken Francaise to go on top of spaghetti


This is a great way to balance your meals and get a treat at the same time.  Eating healthy on a daily basis takes discipline but that does not mean that you cannot cheat and by adding in a treat like M&Ms you don’t feel deprived.  The hard part will be making them a treat on a weekly basis and not on a daily basis but having that is not a problem.

Now as a vegetarian there are a few items here that I would not eat, but this gives me the opportunity to point out substitutes for the vegetarian in you.

Let’s start with the steak sandwich for lunch.  I would substitute the steak with tempeh that I would marinate in a liquid smoke, garlic, onions and worcestershire sauce.  Cutting an 8oz block of tempeh in half and then slicing them down the middle to create 4 2oz pieces would be the best best to having surface area to grill.

For dinner the chicken francaise and mushrooms would simply be replaced with chick(pea) cutlets.  You can find the recipe [HERE] and is from Isa Chandra.  I have featured Isa’s recipes on this blog before and you can find them [HERE], [HERE] and [HERE]

Samantha – Thank you for participating and keep living the life of an endurance athlete through diet and exercise.  Please let us know if we can track on the 17th and good luck, but luck is for those who have not trained and are not prepared.  You are prepared and will be great out there.

If you want to participate in this feature please email me at Thank You

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  1. Matt Oravec says:

    Good stuff man. The chobani stuff is like crack. LOVE THEM!

    Agree 100%, do NOT deprive yourself. I am a gorge-a-holic if I don’t cave once in awhile. For some reason I have zero self control in that aspect.

    Keep them coming!
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  2. katie says:

    that pasta looks DELICIOUS!
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  3. marlene says:

    Yay! I seriously love these. I think I have an issue – I am OBSESSED with seeing what other people eat. lol

    Thanks for sharing! I hope to get you a submission over the weekend.
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  4. lindsay says:

    i’ll just go straight to that snack time… even if i don’t deprive myself – i still gorge! ;)

    that rice looks amazing right now. is it weird that i would eat it for breakfast? (as it’s 8:30)
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