UPC’s After Workout Power Meal
It’s been quite some time since I’ve put up an after-workout meal for you. I guess, to be fair, it’s been a while since I had one that was as good-looking, or as good tasting, as this one. Well, that’s not entirely true… The Shredded Sweet Potato Salad I posted over the weekend was an after-workout meal. I just forgot to tell you. Perhaps it was in my haste to share the delicious goodness of baked sweet potatoes! Well, fortunately, or perhaps not so fortunately, today’s meal was even more delicious (in its own way – I have a special place in my heart for slab bacon) and I am actually remembering to tell you that it’s a post-workout meal!
The Vermont Smoke & Cure slab bacon is one of my favorite treats, and coming home to it after a workout is just delightful! It definitely took the center stage on this meal. There was still plenty of room leftover for the slow-cooked sweet potatoes, which had nicely caramelized on the surface, to really fill my mouth with an amazing smoky caramel flavor! And finally, certainly not to be forgotten (garlic is good like that) the garlic mushrooms on the other side of the bacon (you’ll see the cooking photo down below) really came through in the salad. The garlic was just subtle enough, having been roasted with the mushrooms, to allow the rest of the dish to have its moment, while still strong and vibrant in the salad. It was a treat!
- 1 lb Slab Bacon (I use Vermont Smoke & Cure)
- 1 medium Sweet Potato, sliced
- 6-8 Button Mushrooms, quartered
- 3 cloves Garlic, diced
- Favorite Salad Greens (I used a blend of spinach, kale, and some other good stuff)
- 1 can Green Olives, halved (I do this by hand-crushing them)
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- Put the slab bacon in a pan on medium-low temperature (3 out of 10).
- Cut the mushrooms first, and add them to the pan.
- Dice the garlic and sprinkle it over the mushrooms.
- Slice the sweet potato last, adding that alongside the bacon in the pan.
- Turn the heat down just slightly lower and cook, covered, for 60 minutes.
- About 5 minutes before meal time, prep the salad greens, olives, and mix thoroughly in the olive oil.
- Now serve and enjoy!
I fell off the workout wagon after returning from Colombia in a big way. It was bad. To be fair, I got in a lot of training on those Medellin hills. My body was probably taxed and ready for break. But when I got back, I had about 3 workouts in the following 10 days. And I ate… Boy did I eat! I ate great quality UPC created fully Paleo food, of course. I wasn’t throwing the baby out with the bath water or anything! But I ate a lot, and I mean a lot! Without the workouts to counterbalance the impressively large caloric imbalance… Well, let’s just say that I am sure that my body is more than ready for me to get back on the wagon! I do not advocate counting calories. The idea of a calorie counting approach being a sustainable approach to weight loss, or health in general, isn’t just absurd, it’s a little bit frightening. But when it comes to a caloric imbalance like the one that I have had over the past couple of weeks, well, your body is going to notice that eventually. There’s no avoiding Newton’s Third Law forever; even if our bodies are astonishing and complex systems.
So, what I’m really trying to say is: I’ve started a new workout program.
It’s intense. And I mean REALLY intense. It’s all planned out, from the workouts, timing, to the meals, and even when to eat and what to eat when. Did you get all that? Well, if you didn’t, that’s ok. I wasn’t really sharing to be educational, I was sharing just to give you a little bit of what’s going on in my life. Of course, I’d be happy to discuss in more detail in the comments, but my sense is that most of you don’t really come here to read about the gory details of my training plans. For you, like for me, it’s all about the food!
Except, occasionally, I have some non-food related goals that I’m excited about working towards. Like last year, when I mentioned that I wanted to set new personal records on my 1 Mile and 5K races. Well, believe it or not, that’s a goal for me again this year! So my training has been designed to help me reach those goals! Also, I ran in a Spartan Race last year without my wife. It’s ok, she wasn’t ready for it. But this year she is, and wants to sign up for something like a Spartan Race – so it’s my goal to get out there and have a great time with her! That might mean being in costume, or it might mean carrying her through pits of mud… I have no idea, and that’s exciting to me!
Goals are a good thing!
I’ve mentioned this before, and I will certainly mention it again. Life is worth living. And part of what makes life fulfilling to me is having some goals, and working toward them. It doesn’t even really matter if I succeed (although, I certainly prefer it that way!). What’s really important is having something, or several somethings, that are making each day worth being excited about. Part of what I get excited about each day is the food. You all know that. Another thing I’m excited about is sharing my food with you. These are the obvious goals. But I have some other things that keep me moving forward, excited, and looking forward to getting out of bed every morning. I mentioned a few in the previous paragraph, but rest assured, there are more.
You should have some really exciting goals too. And some ambitious ones. Some goals that are frankly a little scary. And maybe even a few that are a bit easy. Throw them all in the pot and shake it up a bit. Write them down on a list. And start working toward achieving your goals.
And if one of them happens to be: “Cook an amazing meal!” – then you’ve come to the right place!!!
- What are your goals?
- What is the most exciting goal you’ve got?
- Do you have a goal that is such a stretch that it’s a little bit scary?
- What’s the most amazing goal that you’ve ever completed?