What a Pro Triathlete Eats in a Day

Ever wonder what a pro triathlete eats in a day? I’ve posted in the past showing everything I consume in a day, but I thought I would make a video to actually show what all I eat. Here are some of the things I need to follow when I’m in heavy training, or else it’s a slippery slope to either being under fueled or burnt out. A big thanks to the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. That course gave me the tools and knowledge I was lacking as an athlete to fine tune my cooking skills and how I view nutrition┬áboth as an athlete and simply day to day life.

  1. I almost always start my day out with a huge breakfast. It sets me up and gives me the energy I need to start my first training session. My go to is usually scrambled eggs with lots of veggies and spices as well as a monster smoothie. Always put a source of fat in your smoothies, you won’t believe how long lasting energy it will give you. Lot’s of people like avocados for their fat source, but I prefer coconut oil.
  2. Smoothies, smoothies, smoothies! When I’m training lots, I can have up to 3 in a day, sometimes even more. It’s such an easy and fast way to get in all the fuel and nutrients that I need. If I’m strapped for time because I have a workout coming up soon and I need to eat, a smoothie is a great way to get what you need without feeling heavy like you would if you had ate a full meal. Smoothies are almost always my go to recovery drink as well. A protein powder or hemp hearts are usually what I use for post workout recovery. When I can’t make it home quickly after a workout to make my smoothie, I’ll use Recoverite from Hammer Nutrition.
  3. Snacks are what keep me going throughout the day. I don’t put a limit on the amount of snacks I have. I am pretty good at knowing how much my body needs through any given day and if that means unlimited snacks…then I eat a LOT of snacks! Anything from sliced veggies with hummus, fruit, homemade cookies, nuts, seeds, etc.

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How To Make Almond Milk

Drinking almond milk is a fantastic alternative to cows milk. It’s very easy ┬áto make your own, but if you have to buy it from the store, it’s still better than using cows milk (just be to sure to get unsweetened to avoid the added sugar). I usually go through 1 liter of almond milk every 3 days. It only takes a few minutes to make almond milk (not including soak time). You can use almond milk almost anywhere that you use cows milk. I use it mostly in my smoothies. Below I’ve included a video on how to make almond milk.

Basic Almond Milk

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How Becoming A Culinary Nutrition Expert Has Made Me A Better Athlete

At the 2013 Saskatoon Triathlon
At the 2013 Saskatoon Triathlon

Prior to the summer of 2014 I felt like I was doing great as a triathlete in both training and racing. While that might have been true, I was missing out on something. That something was my day in and day out nutrition. I had a high carb diet, consisting of lots of pasta and breads. I didn’t think twice about it. I stayed lean, trained and raced well. I figured if the furnace was hot enough anything would burn!

However, for years on a high carb diet, I was constantly hungry and always very tired. I would always blame it on the amount of training I was doing, thinking I was destined for Continue reading