By Joanna Lawn and Armando Galarraga.
What is the right stuff? Well everybody has different likes and dislikes, and for sure food is one way people differ very much.
I am going to give you some of the meals that I have been eating over the past few months. My diet doesn’t really change a lot during the off season compared to the full on race season. Besides the obvious that I have to eat quite a lot during training purely just to sustain enough energy to get thru the gruelling hours of training!
In the off season I tend to have more of the so called “treats”….these don’t just have to be sweets as we all picture treats to be, but of the more enjoyable and social kind. I like to drink some yummy wine, my favourite at the moment is a white wine by a Spanish man….called Telmo Rodriguez and the bottle is BASA. It is soooooooooooo yummy, I really do have to restrain myself from drinking the whole bottle. Also another one of my favourite wines is a Riesling called Dr Loosen….that is yum too.
One of my big down falls is for sure Candy. I love the NZ sweets, they are the best ever. Nothing better than getting a whole bag of lollies from the pic n mix!!!! Sitting down watching a movie, legs up and hand in the goodie bag. But I now know that if i am going to do this, that I must eat a good meal before devouring into something like this. I must still get my good nutrition from “food” first.
Also during the off season there is a lot of dinners out, desserts and socialising. So off course like most “normal” people treats are of their everyday behaviour, but for me…..when I am training ,I am too tired to eat out, and have to be in bed early for the next day training sessions, that I would prefer to whip up something fast and eat it in the own comforts of my house.
I have here some of my favourite fast preferred meals that i am eating right now!!!! I am only just getting back into training, after taking a well earned rest from competing in Hawaii……..
BONITA BANANA WITH APRICOTS AND TAHINI
1 Large Bonita Banana
6x finely chopped apricots
Mix this up in a bowl and drizzle over the top
2-3 tablespoons of Tahini……………………………………………..YUM
DON’T FORGET TO DRINK WATER ,WATER,WATER,WATER AND MORE WATER…….YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO KEEP YOURSELF WELL HYDRATED. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS FOR US.
TOAST WITH ALMOND BUTTER AND FRESH STRAWBERRIES
2x Whole grain bread…or any kind of solid carb….like bagel, muffin or pita—toasted
12 juicy red strawberries
Almond butter to spread (may substitute with peanut or cashew butter)
Toast the bread/bagel/muffin spread over the top a decent covering of Almond butter then on the top add freshly chopped strawberries…or if desired Jam. But fresh strawberries are sooooo much better for you…and presentation is a winner.
POACHED EGGS ON TOAST WITH AVOCADO
2x whole grain toast
2x organic farm eggs
Half a Large Avocado
Poach 2x eggs in pot, mixed together with a dash of vinegar and salt. While poaching the eggs toast the bread…spread with Avocado and serve eggs on top. Season with salt and pepper.
YUM YUM YUM YUM…MY FAVOURITE SNACK……
CIABBATA BREAD TOASTED WITH CHEVRE CHEESE AND FRESH TOMATOES
2 x thick slices of fresh ciabatta bread
Goat or chevre cheese
1x large juicy vine ripened tomato
Toast the bread and spread with desired amount of cheese and sliced tomato, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil…and sprinkle some salt and pepper
MATEO SALAD -proven popular winner –A meal in itself
Curly kale these three ingredients use as desired or availability
1 Bag of mesclun salad
1c of parsley
1c of coriander
2x vine ripened tomatoes
1x large avocado
1 bunch of spring onions
1 small bag/1 cup of Aduki beans or chick peas
As desired finely diced up fresh ginger for flavour
1 bag of soba noodles
Turmeric, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, Braggs all purpose seasoning, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.
In a very very very large bowl mix together…..finely chopped kale, watercress, mesclun, parsley, coriander. Then cut tomatoes into small cubes, toss them in the bowl too, then split open the avocado and dice into small pieces. Chop spring onions into itty bitty bits and throw them in the bowl. DON’T MIX ANYTHING YET. Prepare the soba noodles as per instructions on the packet. Leave to cool. Toss into the bowl the chick peas or beans. Get the fresh ginger and finely chop a fair amount as desired. I like ginger so I add alot.
Sprinkle on top of all the ingredients the turmeric and cumin enough for flavouring and taste. Only a little dash of cayenne for a kick. Then squirt the braggs seasoning and apple cider vinegar for taste. Enough to make the salad a little moist. Now add the Sesame and olive oil….a good amount to wet the salad and for flavouring. Salt and pepper as desired. TOSS ALL AROUND……TRY NOT TO DAMAGE THE INGREDIENTS, BE GENTLE MIXING ONLY. Once all ingredients have been tossed throw on the top the soba noodles.
SERVE INTO A BIG SOUP BOWL,EAT AND ENJOY…………………..YUM
So there you go, these are some of my most yummiest of meals/snacks. I hope you make some and maybe some of you already have these ideas.
They are made up of such fresh, healthy and nutrient dense ingredients that once you have eaten them….you feel warm and satisfied. The best way to be.
TAKE CARE AND ENJOY
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