My Athlete's Plate

My Athlete's Plate

Yesterday the Athlete's Plate went on hiatus but I had asked a question about what type of pizza I should make for my date night with Karen.  The winner was Kale and Mozzarella,which I discovered from this recipe on Marcus Samuelsson's site. After putting together the post from yesterday I had the idea that I should actually take pictures of what I ate during the day and create my own personal Athlete's Plate to share with you. Please keep in mind my training load when looking at what I am eating.  If you are training less or more than I am then adjustments to your diet will need to be made.  This menu may be too little or too much in terms of the carbs you need to keep your energy up. To help you understand a little bit more I will provide you with my training from yesterday and what I did leading up to yesterday's meals: Yesterday consisted of 3450y swimming in 1 hour and 16 minutes.  That was followed by 1 hour on the trainer with 35 minutes steady and then a 10k Time Trial with 2 miles of recovery.  A fast transition and off for a 20 minute run at 10K pace (7:40/mile.) Including yesterday's training this week I have logged 10 hours and 46 minutes of work.  This time includes 9200y swimming in 3 hours 22 min; 76.26 miles on the bike in 4 hours 18 minutes and 16.41 miles running in 2 hours 20 minutes.  Toss in 45 minutes of strength and core work and you have my week to date (Mon-Thurs.) I hope you enjoy my menu and should you have any questions do not hesitate to ask me. 

Pre-Workout Breakfast - Brown Rice Cakes and Coffee

Ingredients: 2 Lundberg Brown Rice Cakes, 1Tbs Nutella, 1 medium banana, 8 oz black coffee Servings: 1 Directions:

  1. Spread nutella on the rice cakes
  2. Slice banana thinly and place on top of nutella (eat the remaining banana since there will be more after slicing)
 

Post-Workout Breakfast - Chocolate Raspberry Filled Pancake Cupcakes

Ingredients: 1 cup bisquick, 1Tbs cocoa powder, 2Tbs crunchy peanut butter, 2Tbs walnuts (chopped), 1 medium banana, 1 egg, 1c almond milk, 3Tbs Raspberry preserve
Servings: 3 (makes 6 pancake cupcakes)
Directions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Line muffin pan with cupcake foil or spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In large bowl mash banana and then mix in peanut butter.
  4. In same bowl add bisquick, eggs and milk and combine well.
  5. Once combined add in walnuts and stir again.
  6. Fill up 6 spots about 1/4 of the way.
  7. Add in 1/2Tbs raspberry preserve to each.
  8. Top off the pancake cupcakes with remainder of batter.
  9. Bake in oven for 15-17 minutes.
  10. Serve with an orange and a little agave nectar on the pancake cupcakes.

Lunch - Mexican Egg Sandwich

Ingredients: 1 egg, 1 artisan flatbread, avocado/tomatillo spread (recipe at bottom), mozzarella cheese, 1 roma tomato, tempeh bacon (recipe at bottom)
Servings: 1
Directions:
  1. Toast the flatbread and then spread the avocado/tomatillo mixture on both sides.
  2. Add cheese (will melt a bit from heat of bread) then top with tomatoes.
  3. In pan heat up 1Tbs olive oil and cook tempeh until slightly charred on both sides.
  4. In same pan cook egg to your desired consistency
  5. Top the tomatoes with tempeh bacon and fried egg.
  6. Fold in half and enjoy a great tasting sandwich.

PM Snack - Banana and Strawberry Chocolate Hazelnut Spread Sandwich

Ingredients: 2 slices Ezekiel bread, 1Tbs chocolate hazelnut spread, 1 medium banana, 4 strawbrerries
 Servings: 1
Directions: 
  1. Toast the Ezekiel bread until it is very crunchy.  I toast mine on the highest setting and then again at a lower setting for toast perfection.
  2. Spread the chocolate hazelnut on each piece of bread.
  3. Slice the fruit thinly and place on top of each piece of bread and then combine.
  4. Remaining fruit should be sliced on the plate and enjoyed as well.

Dinner - Homemade Pizza (Kale/Mozzarella and Fig/Gorgonzola/Walnut/Arugula)

Ingredients: 1 pkg of Bob's Red Mill Pizza Crust (follow directions), 1 bunch of Kale, 5 slices of Buffalo Mozzarella, 1 roma tomato, 1 bunch of arugula, 5 fresh figs, 1/4c Gorgonzola Cheese, 2Tbs crushed walnuts, 2Tbs honey)
Servings: 4 (makes 8 slices)
Directions:
  1. Follow the instructions on the package for Bob's Red Mill pizza crust but here is my trick. (I used the entire package with 1/2 as the base of the pizza and the other 1/2 as the crust.)
  2. After you have made the dough and created the pizza bake for 10 minutes so that you see the dough rise and start to turn golden brown.
  3. Remove from oven and spray the dough with cooking spray including the crust.
  4. Add toppings and then put back in oven.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until cheese is completely melted and almost disappears.
  6. Remove from oven and with a pizza cutter slice into 8 pieces.
Avocado/Tomatillo Spread:
In blender add 2 ripe medium avocados 1/2c of salsa verde (or 6 tomatillos), 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (seeded.)  Blend until well combined and spoon into a glass container and refrigerate for an hour or two to allow flavors to meld.  Use this spread on everything.
Tempeh Bacon:
Slice one package of tempeh thinly and add to a medium bowl.  In same bowl add 1/2c liquid smoke (choose your favorite smoky flavor), 2Tbs soy sauce, 3Tbs Worcestershire sauce, 1tsp dried oregano, 1tsp dried sage, 1tsp dried thyme, 1tsp garlic powder.  Combine well then cover  and place in fridge to allow to marinate for at least 3 hours.
This is what I consumed yesterday and felt great all day long in terms of hunger.  I never had hunger pains and no desires for anything sweet as I covered that with the fruit throughout the day.
 
So What Did Your Eating Day Look Like?
What Do You Typically Eat On A Training Day?
Do You Adjust Your Food Intake Depending On Your Training Load?
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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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