Nutrition on the Mountain. FOR Snowboarders.
Day in the Life of What I eat when I am out riding on the mountain or training in the gym.
Breakfast is key in my opinion and my favourite part of the day, often I will ride the majority of the session without stopping for 4 hours. Same goes when I am back in the UK training. Fuelling in the morning would include some form of carbs, My go to breakfast if I have time is Gluten Free Waffles, a healthy treat before training. My favourite are from The Good Life Eatery in London. Topped with some fresh fruit, and either Greek yoghurt for protein or Coconut yoghurt.
WHEN I am on the mountain pre contest, porridge with Almond Milk, throw some fruit on top, berries, half a banana and a hand full of nuts or a dollop of nut butter for protein. I stay away from the syrup and sweeten it with all kinds of fruit. When your short for time you cannot beat a porridge pot, my favourite are the Rude Health ones.
On lighter training day’s when I am not on snow, I start my days with 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites, mixed with any veg I can find, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes are a go to! With half an Avocado to top it off!
When I am travelling I tend to avoid eggs unless they are poached or boiled, in some foreign countries particularly in the US the eggs are powdered so I avoid that.
Mid Morning Snack - When I am on hill it's key to stay fuelled, a tube of Wyldsson nuts or a Pink Lady Apple. Bananas are also a good one, they are cheap and you can get them anywhere.
Lunch - If I have had a long day on the mountain, I would go for a bigger lunch then dinner to refuel before the next session. I normally ride till early afternoon then hit the gym, so a solid lunch in between is key for me.
Sweet Potato, With Tuna and some veggies, it’s an easy and quick go to when you don’t have a lot of time, Tuna you can get anywhere and it’s safe in terms of you can’t really go wrong with it! Pop a tin and you are off.
Afternoon snack - either a handful of nuts, carrot / pepper / cucumber sticks with Hummus or a nut butter sachet from Pip + Nut, orrrrrrr the favourite Greek Yoghurt with Berries.
Dinner - My favourite would be some form of Veggie stir fry with some lean meat, either Chicken, Turkey or Fish. Using either Soy / Pesto for the sauce. I cook in Coconut Oil my favourite is LucyBee!
My favourite go to at the minute is a version of Chicken Tikka, using Greek yoghurt as the base of the sauce, I love to load it up with a ton of veggies, fresh tomatoes, onions and spinach on a bed of Cauliflower rice. If you have a big session the next day, I'd carb up either with Brown Rice for the Curry or............ Sweet Potato Nachos is a good one, I make a healthier version using sliced Sweet Potato, BBQ spiced chicken, a ton of veggies, peppers, onion and layer it up with black beans and top it with Feta!
AND THEN off course... a treat is always key after a hard week on the slopes! I'll leave it up to you on the treat front haha ;)