All posts tagged: recipe

Tea: A Mountain Athlete’s Secret Weapon

What if I told you staying properly hydrated could improve your athletic performance? You probably already knew that. Did you know exercise performance is impaired when an individual is dehydrated by as little as 2% of their body weight? Endurance athletes aren’t the only ones who should be concerned about their hydration levels either (yes, I’m talking to you, boulderers and sport climbers!). Your capacity to perform high-intensity exercise is reduced by as much as 45% by prior dehydration, meaning staying hydrated in the days leading up to your big red-point is just as important as how you’re hydrating in between burns. Now, what if I told you there is a drink that can help keep you hydrated while increasing your endurance capacity, aiding in recovery, and reducing inflammation? I’m talking about tea! Tea is the world’s second most widely consumed beverage (with water coming in at number one). Legend has it the Emperor of China first discovered it in 2737 BC, while boiling water under a tree. A leaf fell from the tree, floated down …

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 …

Chickpea Salad (aka Fake Tuna Salad)

One of my favorite, easy to make, go-to meals is this fake tuna salad recipe. I often make a big batch of this the night before, using a portion for dinner and bringing the leftovers for lunch at the crag the following day. It’s super versatile – you can eat it as a salad, make cold sandwiches with greens and tomato, or (my favorite) make a grilled “tuna” melt sandwich. Chickpea Salad (aka Fake Tuna Salad) 15 oz. garbanzo beans (mashed) 2 tbsp. mayonnaise 2 tsp. spicy brown mustard 1 tbsp. pickles (chopped) 1/2 onion (chopped) In a medium bowl, combine beans, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, onions, and add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. *I make variations of this recipe depending on the ingredients I have available. I will leave out pickles and add in diced tomatoes, as I often  have a can of those on hand. Dirtbag Tip: Save mustard and mayonnaise packets from restaurants to use in this recipe!