With training seemingly endless hours per day and week, one builds up quite an appetite and even without riding, I already eat a lot. A good thing for me is that I love to cook so every day would be something different from the day before but I do tend to get into a rut of cooking the same things, just makes it easy I guess. A few of the best dishes I eat for dinner are as follows:
Homemade Pizza (perhaps my favorite) made with a little bit of rice and oatmeal in the crust for added carbohydrates with plenty of vegies on top with diced chicken or steak. Perhaps a bit different, I don’t put cheese on my pizza as I don’t eat much dairy, but it is still pretty awesome.
Chicken or Steak Rice Stir Fry is probably what I tend to eat most as it’s pretty easy and hits all the nutritional requirements pretty well. I make mine by first grilling the steak or chicken in a frying pan and then sautéing the vegies in the same pan to get the meat flavor further into the dish. I then add rice and the cut up meat back into the pan with a scrambled egg or two as well as a handful of different spices depending on my taste for the evening.
Chicken or Steak Burritos are another one of my favorites. In Tucson, tortillas are wicked cheap as well as salsa and avocados so you can make a ton of burritos for pretty cheap. I’m good at overfilling the tortilla though and often end up with a big plate of burrito stuffing’s.
Pancakes are great for breakfast as well as for ride food. I’ll make mine generally with oats, perhaps some rice, eggs, cut up bananas and apples, and topped with peanut butter and jelly when I’m not at home with pure homemade maple syrup.
Hardy Vegetables are a good source of carbs, not from grains, and a good source of nutrients. One of my favorites is sweet potatoes made any which way including: hash brown style for b-fast, roasted sweet potatoe fries (best on the grill), mashed sweet potatoes with sautéed vegies and ham (pictured below), and baked in the microwave is good for on the go with some maple syrup or brown sugar.
Salads are also a big part of my diet especially in the pre-season as slimming down a few pounds always helps that power-to-weight ratio. Lots of good toppings is key along with a good salad dressing. If your salad is bland, you’re not going to want to eat it every day. Also, spinach is favored over lettuce as it’s more nutrient dense.