Cooking a Whole Foods Feast For a Large Party

Cooking a Whole Foods Feast For a Large Party

If you were going to prepare a feast for 20 people, what would you prepare? What macro and micronutrients would you prioritize? What about supplements and superfoods? A lot of people ask me what I eat, how much I eat and why. As a professional athlete and someone who cares about the food that I put into my body, I'm constantly prepping food, experimenting with new recipes and ingredients, trying new things, and finding ways to maximize my performance and recovery through my diet. I think there's a tremendous benefit in learning about what others eat and how it affects their performance and day to day life. And I also believe that we need to experiment with our own diets to truly understand what works for us as individuals.  

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Sparkling White Berry Sangria

Sparkling White Berry Sangria

Although I'm in Utah for a month having a blast training and competing with my GRID team the San Francisco Fire, I'm missing out on one of my favorite events of the year back home, Passport Weekend. Passport Weekend is put on by the Delta Farm & Winery Trail which is a trail of farm stands and wineries through the California Delta. The trail winds along the rivers and sloughs of the delta along scenic highway 160, right where I grew up. Our region is known for its pears, cherries, wine grapes, corn, alfalfa, asparagus, and a variety of vegetables. I grew up helping my dad level his fields and I just recently learned how to drive a tractor to help him prepare the fields for planting. 

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pomegranate and Bacon

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pomegranate and Bacon

Cauliflower is a delicious, multifunctional vegetable, but it can also be bland if you don't cook it right or you cook it the same way over and over. PurePharma, a company that I work with, asked if I could come up with something tasty using a whole cauliflower. PurePharma is a supplement company that I love. They truly believe in developing the best products to help us live our healthiest lives. So, of course I was willing to come up with a healthy and delicious recipe to share on their blog. Since it's summertime I decided a salad of sorts would be perfect. I added in some bacon (because bacon makes everything better) and pomegranate seeds from a tree in our garden. The end result was this delicious dish. 

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Root Vegetable Fries

Root Vegetable Fries

I love fries. So much so that I could eat my entire daily allotment of carbs in one sitting. They're just so tasty and addicting. And they go great with everything. When I was walking through the produce section of the grocery store the other day and looking at all the beautiful vegetables, I decided I wanted to try something new. A vegetable that I'd never tried before. I picked up a rutabaga first. I knew very little about rutabaga. I'd never eat one before. I just knew that it was a root vegetable and in comparison to potatoes it had very little carbohydrates. By no means am I a carbaphobe though, I love my carbs, especially on intense training days they're so essential. But nevertheless I think it's nice to have some lower carb tasty vegetable options. On rest days I like to eat lower carb, higher fat, so having a treat like this will be perfect. And a variety of vegetables is always important. 

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Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

I just got home from an awesome weekend down in Carson, CA at the CrossFit Games. It was a blast. I stayed with the FitAID team, a sponsor of mine, in a really cool house in Palos Verdes. It was a beautiful home up on a hill and there were about 20 of us staying there. They hired a chef to make us dinner every night which was so great. The first night he made spaghetti squash with ground beef and chicken with a coconut curry sauce. Night two was chicken and steak fajita night. And on the last evening he made barbecued chicken and ribs with asparagus and corn on the cob. It was all so so good!

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