Fuel Your Sport

This is a very typical day of fuel for me.

I eat oatmeal almost every day; I buy organic rolled oats, the kind you’re supposed to slow cook. However, since I hate goo, I never slow cook them; I just boil a half cup of water, add a half cup of oats, turn down the heat and by the time I’ve chopped my apple it’s finished. I add a handful of crunchy, shiny flax seeds and some cinnamon to finish it.

It’s rare that a day passes without a small splurge, too, and M&M’s are probably my favorite for that. I keep a jar of them and only choose colors to match something in particular. I typically only eat 10 or so.

I didn’t include all the quantities, but believe me, I pile on the veggies. I never make salads with anything but spinach, and I make them in the biggest bowls I have and load up with vitamin-rich goods. When it’s good green fuel, don’t skimp.

I buy decent wines, which makes all the difference in the world. And life is just too short to eat only low-fat cheese like mozzarella. I buy every kind of adventuresome cheese I can lay my hands on. There’s a food world out there waiting for you to explore it! And it can fuel your body and feed your spirit as well.

Steel cut or rolled organic oatmeal, chopped apple, cinnamon, and flax seeds
One slice of lean ham
Water, coffee with cream

Spinach salad with grilled shrimp, sugar peas, yellow bell peppers, cherry tomatoes
Balsamic vinaigrette made with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper, herbs
Water to drink

Post-workout Snack
Smoothie with raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, soy milk, soy protein, creatine

Splurge Snack
M&Ms!! Red and brown to match my Diet Dr. Pepper.

4 oz lean grilled pork loin
Steamed kale: salted, peppered and drizzled with olive oil
Fresh orange slices
Water to drink

Late Night Snack
Red wine and cheese

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6 Responses to Fuel Your Sport

  1. Sine Botchen June 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm #

    Instead of the smoothies I do organic yogurt (much less work). I was doing the steel cut oats in the microwave (several rounds of nuking at 50 seconds a pop) and they were only “slightly” crunchy by the time I was done, however, I’ve finally capitulated and gone with the rolled oats since they soften up with only one blast in microwave.

    BTW, what kind brand of wine(s) do you like and in what price range? Oh yeah, try the horseraddish (flavored) cheese sometime if you haven’t yet – goes great with wine.

  2. Lisa Creech Bledsoe June 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    I almost always buy red wines, and I try to buy something I’ve never tried every time I purchase a favorite. The always-in-the-house staple of my reds is pinot noir. I usually spend between $10 – $15 per bottle of wine, but will also spend up to $25 – $30 for a special occasion. In addition to reds, I adore Domain Chandon’s Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine. And just about any dry champagne.

    Here’s the three wines currently in my pantry:

    1. Cellar No. 8, California Zinfandel (2005)
    2. Wyndham Estate Bin 333 Pinot Noir, South Eastern Australia (2007)
    3. Jacob’s Creek Shiraz, South Australia (2006)

    What do you like to drink?

    I’m going to be looking for that horseradish cheese…

  3. Sine Botchen June 6, 2009 at 9:07 am #

    Lately I’ve been prefering whites over reds. Usually a pinot grigio or chardonnay. If it’s a red then I’ll go with merlot or a cab sav. I try to stay in the $7-10 range and favor Texas wines when available (Llano, St Genevieve, Fall Creek, etc.) however Columbia Crest in Washington has some good wines in that price range as well. Every now and then I’ll get an organic wine and I’d love to find a sulfite free wine that’s available at the local market (as opposed to the big honkin’ glorious liquor store super mart type of place.)

  4. Lisa Creech Bledsoe June 6, 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    Sulfite free wine?? I had no idea there was such a thing. I need to look for that. I’m also going to see if I can find a Texas wine; we have quite a number of Carolina wines available here of course, and even a few good ones, but I can’t recall seeing any Texas wines. However, there’s a great little independent wine shop not too far from me and I’m going to drop in. We also have one of those godawful wine warehouse places; maybe I’ll check in there, too.

  5. browse June 6, 2009 at 5:31 pm #

    Just this morning, I was wondering where oats fell in your diet. Makes me happy to see ’em there. Someday, I will see you with my very own eyes again, and if you’re very good I will show you how to make the very best oatmeal on the planet. 🙂

  6. Lisa Creech Bledsoe June 6, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Browse, I will look forward to the day, and I won’t accept oatmeal only. I want to hang out with you and experience the full range and reach of your culinary talents. I’ve seen the pix on Flickr; I hear your Twitters. In fact, you should write up a day’s worth of your suggestions for fuel (with instructions, plz!) and let me try it and post it, both.

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