All posts tagged: dinner

Recovery Meal: Pineapple Fried Rice

  We all know the importance of consuming a healthy recovery meal after a hard day of climbing/training. Directly following this activity our bodies are in a heightened state, and can use the food we consume to aid in the recovery of damaged muscles. It’s important to act quickly and thoughtfully however, as this metabolic window is only open for roughly 45 minutes and not all nutrients are created equal when it comes to recovery. While the window of opportunity and ideal ratio of carbs and proteins are highly debated among nutritionists, Adam and I tend to aim for carbohydrates and proteins in a 4:1 ratio. If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious recovery meal, look no further! This Pineapple Fried Rice I recently made has a good mixture of carbs and proteins and contains ginger, which is a natural anti-inflammatory (helps with post work-out soreness). Make it ahead of time so it’s ready to eat after a day of climbing, or cut the veggies and pre-cook the rice so all you have to do is sauté the veggies and mix in the …

Random Act of Kindness & a Bowl of Corn Chowder

The rain had finally stopped and the sun was showing its face for the first time all day. Adam and I packed up our computers and walked to our van in the parking lot of the Jackson Whole Grocer, where we had been using Wi-Fi all day. As we hopped in the van and were about to turn the key in the ignition, there was a knock on the window. A young girl, probably about the same age as Adam and I, wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and a trucker hat stood outside. Adam opened the driver’s side door. “Hey, are you guys living in your van?” the girl questioned. The reality of van life is that you always have to be cautious about what you tell strangers, especially when you spend a fair number of nights parked and sleeping in random parking lots around town. Did she work at the Whole Grocer? Did she think we were going to sleep here tonight? Was she going to yell at us? As these thoughts ran through our …

5 Reasons Climbers Should Eat More Kale

As the sport of climbing grows, performance related nutrition seems to be gaining momentum and interest within the community. While different bodies function best under different conditions, increasing your kale consumption might be just what you need to stay healthy and train hard for this year’s goals. After all, if Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson ate kale while climbing the Dawn Wall it can’t hurt, right? Here are five reasons why climbers could benefit from eating more kale: It’s an anti-inflammatory food: After a hard day of contorting your digits into thin cracks or crimping micro edges, it’s not uncommon to wake up to sausage fingers. Just as you should stay away from inflammatory foods (like tomatoes) before a sending day, anti-inflammatory foods can help reduce swelling from periods of hard climbing. Kale is so effective as an anti-inflammatory it not only helps prevent but can also reverse effects of chronic inflammation (including arthritis). It’s high in manganese: Manganese is an important mineral for the formation of connective tissue. Consuming the recommended portions can aid …

Holiday Polenta with Mushroom Sauce

Living in a van comes with sacrifices – you probably don’t have access to an oven and you definitely don’t have room for a dishwasher, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice eating healthy, delicious food. And when it comes to the holidays, many traditions revolve around food. Every Christmas my Grandma and Mom turn our kitchen into an assembly line of mixing, kneading, and filling. They create 100 of the most sought after cheese raviolis, from scratch. I realized it would be a bit ambitious to try and recreate these steaming cheese-filled pockets of bliss in the van, so this year I tried to keep the Italian tradition alive by making the next best thing – polenta. Polenta with Mushroom Sauce 1 tbsp safflower oil (or another oil of your choice) 1 package pre-cooked polenta (slice into 1/4 inch slices) 1 package pre-cooked polenta (slice into 1/4 inch slices)1 tsp. minced garlic (or substitute garlic powder) 1/2 onion, diced 1 cup mushrooms, diced 1 can tomato sauce 3 pinches dried herbs (oregano, parsley, thyme) Parmesan …