I’m sure as athletes you have all heard every story about how to eat right and what not to eat when training, racing and enjoying the off season. There are lots of diets and foods out there that claim to work miracles but are actually unhealthy for you. As a professional triathlete, I am going to give you a little glimpse into what I have in my fridge. Keep in mind, I train between four and seven hours each day. Let’s begin.
My fridge essentials
I have milk sitting in the door beside some juice. But this is not just any plain, white milk… no, this is chocolate milk. I use it in my cereal in the morning and just to drink after workouts with a pinch of salt added. I find it is a lot easier to drink than regular milk and it’s a great post workout drink.
When it comes to green things I keep broccoli, asparagus, peppers and salad handy. I can usually mix these things up to add to my lunch and dinner.
For meat, I like to consistently change it up but ground beef, sausage and chicken are my staples. There are a lot of different dishes that can be created with them and they’re a great source of protein.
I really like to keep ice cream on hand for those hard days when I cannot get enough food in no matter how hard I try. It really fills in any gaps in calories I need for a solid day of training. Cheese and yogurt are usually in there too. I always like cheese for sandwiches and yogurt is a good snack food to mix with other stuff, like fruit or granola.
When it comes to sauces I am a big fan of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauces and I love caesar dressing.
My pantry essentials
My number one pantry essential is coffee! I could not live without it. I keep some tea for the end of the day when I am winding down.
I like to keep a big bag of chips around. I like tortilla chips mainly because they have a good amount of salt and are an easy carb to take in even before a workout. Pasta is a staple for dinner.
I have cookies in there too, but they usually do not last for very long — especially if they are Oreos.