What Do The Pro’s Eat?

I don’t know how I came across this article, but it was on Active.com and it piqued my interest immediately.  It was titled ‘What’s On A Pro Triathlete’s Grocery List’ and I just had to know what they ate.  The article featured Chris McCormack, Sarah Haskins and Conrad Stoltz.

Here is their list and their favorites.  I don’t know why but I was fascinated by this and wondered what is on my grocery list.  It didn’t take long to realize what I always pick up at the grocery store so I am going to list that for you below the pros list.

What’s On a Pro Triathlete’s Grocery List?


Interesting he never mentioned Wheaties

World Champ Chris “Macca” McCormack

  1. Chilies. I absolutely live on chilies—cannot eat enough of them—the hotter the better.
  2. Chocolate. I must admit I am addicted to this stuff, but Cadbury chocolate only.
  3. Mineral water. I have to drink water with bubbles.
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Eggs
  6. Cheese. I like all soft cheeses and blue cheese, not American cheese.
  7. Grapes
  8. Onions
  9. Fresh orange juice
  10. Soy milk. I don’t drink this to be trendy, and I am not lactose intolerant. I am just not a big fan of dairy foods and actually prefer soy.

What’s Macca’s favorite?

“Chocolate, and I cannot live without chilies. I just live for the burn. It’s like a mini-competition with myself. Just how much can I eat and how hot can I go? I hunt for the world’s hottest chilies.”



Was champagne on her list?

Olympian Sarah Haskins

  1. Plain or vanilla yogurt. I love it as a snack or dessert when sweetened with honey and granola.
  2. Natural peanut butter. I eat it every day mixed into my oatmeal.
  3. Avocados. I mix them with salsa for a great veggie dip.
  4. Newman’s Light Honey Mustard.
  5. Organic milk
  6. Apples. They are one of my favorite snacks and I eat them with natural peanut butter.
  7. Pure Bars
  8. First Endurance liquid gel shots, vanilla flavor. They are essential for my long rides.
  9. Liquid egg whites. These are perfect for omelets on a Sunday morning after a long run.
  10. Green or red peppers

What’s the one thing Haskins can’t live without?

Natural peanut butter. “I eat it every day without fail and will add it to my oatmeal or make a PB & J or PB & banana sandwich for lunch. It also makes for a great apple, carrot or celery dip and, not to mention, it’s great with dark chocolate.”



Did Coffee Fuel His Finish?

Four-Time Xterra World Champ Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz

  1. Helluva strong coffee.
  2. With good coffee goes good chocolate—Cadbury Whole Walnut or Top Deck.
  3. A South African specialty: beskuit. It is a chunky, dry biscuit, but it softens up well when dunked in coffee.
  4. Kudu Biltong. Biltong is like beef jerky—only better. It’s a piece of air-dried and cured fillet from beef or game. Ostrich is the best. I would say biltong is South Africa’s number one delicacy.
  5. Potatoes. I buy them in 20-pound bags.
  6. Lots of pesto. Hummus. Olive tapenade. Irish butter. Whipping cream—all to put on potatoes.
  7. Meat. I like lamb chops on the flames for a barbecue on a wood fire (or “braai” in South Africa). The hole in the ozone over Antarctica is from all the braai-ing we do down here. This goes great with drinking beer and socializing.
  8. Beets in bunches
  9. Frozen veggies: peas, carrots or edamame. I boil them whole with salt and crumbled feta.
  10. Beer. Cavemen had Cavebrew (it was a microbrew). Really, they did.

What is Stoltz’s eating proverb?

“I follow the caveman eating orthodoxy: If it grows on a plant or can be dug from the ground or picked from a tree or if it swims in the ocean or roams on feet or hooves—it is probably good for you. But if it was made in a factory, it’s probably not good for you. Sure chocolate and beskuits are made in a factory, but I’m too useless by the trappings of technology to make them at home. I strive to eat 80 percent caveman-ish. When I buy groceries, my cart looks more or less like my great-grandparents’ cart, except for the plastic wheels and fancy packaging.”


Team CTER Founder Jason Bahamundi (this cracks me up because of it being so surreal) 

  1. Bananas – probably buy 5 lbs of bananas every time I go to the grocery store
  2. Berries – whichever is on sale and freeze them as soon as I get home.
  3. Nut Butter – almond, cashew, peanut…..it doesn’t matter.
  4. Granola – preferably Nature’s Path
  5. Bob’s Red Mill Muesli
  6. Avocados
  7. Tempeh
  8. Almond Milk Unsweetened
  9. Tomatoes and Beans
  10. Bread
I can relate to Sarah Haskins’ choices more so than Macca and Stoltz.
My Favorite and can’t live without item: As anybody who knows me can attest to it is nut butter.  I put it on rice cakes, in my oatmeal, on sandwiches, as a snack with Pink Lady apples.  I truly cannot get enough Nut Butter and it must be crunchy.
My Food/Eating Philosophy: I don’t eat meat and don’t see any reason for me to.  I get all my nutrients from a plant-based diet plus eating meat is more expensive, but more importantly than that it is about portion control and hunger queues.  Eat the proper portions and only when hungry (not sad, happy, stressed or thirsty) and you will find yourself eating a well balanced diet that provides energy.


What Is On Your Grocery List?

What Can You Not Live Without?

What is Your Food / Eating Philosophy?


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  1. marlene says:

    -oodles of fresh fruit and veggies: faves are apples, avocado, grapes, zucchini, spinach, red peppers
    -BREAD ohhh so much bread
    -feta or goat cheese
    -chick peas
    -greek yogurt
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  2. Mandy says:

    I love that Macca loved chocolate so much. Cause I do too. That is on my list.
    – Kale or spinach
    – frozen berries (raspberries are my favorite!)
    – greek yogurt
    – Almond butter, I love you
    – eggs
    – black beans
    – short grained brown rice
    – Bread
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    • CTER says:

      I want you to make breakfast tomorrow of: greek yogurt, almond butter and frozen berries smoothie. As the main dish saute the kale or spinach then toss in some black beans to cook followed by the brown rice. After it is nicely combined add 2 scrambled eggs and let set then toss into the oven for a frittata. Add the slice of bread on the side. All 8 items in one sitting. Perfect.

  3. BDD says:

    I cant live without my Crystal Light Wild Strawberry
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  4. Jeff Irvin says:

    Sarah Haskins might be my long lost eating twin! We are 9/10 food compatible, I just do not care for peppers and that is it!

    The Newman’s Light Honey Mustard is amazing – I use on everything from salads to turkey sandwiches!
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    • CTER says:

      lately i have just taken pickles and poured some mustard on them and been eating them just like that. Will have to investigate the Newman’s, but I am a huge fan of grainy mustard. I just love the texture.

  5. Natasha says:

    Hmmm some of those grocery lists didn’t seem like you could actually create a full meal from. But maybe it’s just the must haves right?

    My must haves:
    bananas (I have to have 1 a day at least helps with muscle cramps)
    rice or pasta
    chai tea
    almond milk
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    • CTER says:

      definitely must haves. although with a little imagination you could make meals from some of these items.

      By the way I have been meaning to comment about the stuffed grape leaves because I want the recipe. Do you have one to provide?

  6. Missy says:

    Grocery list regulars= peanut butter, bananas, Nesquik (chocolate milks da bomb), yogurt, apples, salsa, spinach, cheese.
    I can’t live without peanut butter and chocolate milk.
    My philosophy is, eat when your hungry, stop when your full and everything in moderation. Deep stuff, I know.

    • CTER says:

      Missy –

      If more people followed your deep philosophy you know how much better off this country would be? The problem is that we eat emotionally. When we are sad, happy, stressed, tired….you name it and we eat. The biggest one I have found for myself is dehydration. It is crazy how drinking water can replace those hunger pains in a heartbeat.

  7. katie says:

    YOGURT! I can’t deal with the morning without yogurt. I love cheese. I actually love most food listed on this page.
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    • CTER says:

      What kind of yogurt are you eating? I just bought Soylicious to try and remove as much dairy from my intake as possible but haven’t tried it yet.

  8. Melissa C says:

    I can’t live without spinach, grilled chicken, sweet pototoes, and make oatmeal from scratch (on most days). I don’t do much dairy, except I do indulge in ice cream from time to time.

    I thought it was funny that Wheaties Fuel wasn’t meantioned either. They have an active.com team, team Fuel, so I am sure that is why the picture was included in the active.com article :) That cereal is pretty tasty, though. I have been eating it as a faster alternative to cooking oatmeal in the morning.
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    • CTER says:

      Melissa – that picture was not in the article. I pulled that picture in. The picture in the article is of him winning Kona. Nothing regarding Wheaties Fuel. I tried it once and it wasn’t to my liking but then again if it is not granola I am probably not eating it as a cereal. Just Me.

  9. Jeannie says:

    Lots of fresh fruits & veggies! (except bananas for me!)
    dried cherries & mangos (love them for bike rides or spinning)
    Whole grains
    eggs and egg whites
    almond milk
    protein powder
    greek yogurt
    PB, almond butter, sunbutter, PB2
    Sesame dressing
    Hammer gels
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  10. jim says:

    Love this post man! I love actual data on what world class athletes like the first three … AND YOU eat or do on a daily basis!

    We try to get a lot of fruits and veggies – lately I’m trying to eat 4-5 servings a day.
    Mainly Strawberries, bananas, apples, oranges sometimes, broccoli, green beans, avocado
    Oatmeal & Whey Protein
    Greek Yogurt
    Veggie Burgers
    Chicken Breast
    Brown Rice
    And I know you’ll yell at me for this one … but still on the ALL NATURAL protein bars
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  11. Thanks for sharing this list!! I think YOU know I cannot live without my NUT BUTTERS & JELLY!!!!!!!!!

    Hubs and I are amping up protein and veggie intake and using almond milk instead!
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    • CTER says:

      I have just about eliminated dairy from my diet. The only dairy product I use regularly is HoneyMilk.

      I have even gone away from Greek yogurt and use Soylicious now.

  12. Greek Yogurt
    Brown Rice
    Tuna Fish
    Black Beans
    Chilli Sauce
    Peanut Butter
    Sun Dried Tomato

    And then I’ll ruin all the proper eating with ice cream

  13. Chuck says:

    Matt Fitzgerald said it best here: http://running.competitor.com/2011/09/nutrition/nature-doesnt-make-junk-food_37502 Nature doesn’t make junk food
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  14. These are items are always on the list thus the most consumed in the Bailey household.
    Peanut butter
    Wheat bread
    Chocolate milk
    Pluots – the hybrid plum/apricot (I can’t get enough of them)
    Broccoli / asparagus
    Ground turkey meat / chicken breast
    Some type of white chocolate goodness (for the hubby of course ;)
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  15. What Is On Your Grocery List?
    greek yogurt, tons of fruit & veggies, chicken breast, steelhead trout, steel cut oats, pnut butter, almond butter, granola, almonds, walnuts, frozen berries, hummus, ezekiel english muffins, eggs, almond milk or coconut milk, brown rice, lentils, quinoa, etc. These are the weekly staples.
    What Can You Not Live Without?
    peanut butter. YUMMMMM
    What is Your Food / Eating Philosophy?
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